brag

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noun

1
: a pompous or boastful statement
2
: arrogant talk or manner : cockiness
3

brag

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verb

bragged; bragging

intransitive verb

: to talk boastfully
always bragging about his success

transitive verb

: to assert boastfully
bragged that she was the faster runner on her team
bragger noun
braggy adjective

brag

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adjective

bragger; braggest
Choose the Right Synonym for brag

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments.

boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration

boasts of every trivial success

, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride.

the town boasts one of the best museums in the area

brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself.

bragging of their exploits

vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag.

vaunted his country's military might

crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging.

crowed after winning the championship

Examples of brag in a Sentence

Noun for all his brag about diving, he actually does very little he's an irritating brag whose sense of selfhood is defined by what he owns Verb After winning the race, she couldn't stop bragging. “I don't mean to brag,” he said, “but I'm an excellent cook.” He bragged that his daughter was the best student in her class. “I'm the fastest runner on the team,” she bragged. Adjective he did a really brag job on restoring that classic car See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Enter LinkedIn, the brag board of choice for the white-collar worker. Zach Przystup, Baltimore Sun, 1 Jan. 2024 Freeze explained his decision with a tremendous humble brag. Kevin Scarbinsky | , al, 20 July 2023 Hugh Freeze explains a mature decision with a humble brag The days of head coaches turning over play-calling duties completely to an offensive coordinator and not monitoring those calls probably ended with the 1997 Iron Bowl. Kevin Scarbinsky | , al, 20 July 2023 People on TikTok brag about being mistaken for being underage due to their religious sunscreen application. Grace Browne, WIRED, 12 July 2023 Team DeSantis has tried to turn a stumble into a brag. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 30 May 2023 This is not a brag. Joe Ray, Wired, 3 Jan. 2021 None of this is meant as a brag. Swapna Krishna, Wired, 27 Dec. 2021 Yes, this is absolutely a humble brag. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2020
Verb
The process of having a separate work phone (with apps) and a personal phone (with almost nothing interesting) has dropped my screentime to about 2.5 hours a day, not to brag. David Pierce, The Verge, 18 Feb. 2024 In fact, my mom has been wearing this style since the 1980s, and always brags about their unbeatable comfort and reliability. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 The prosecution also linked Creech to at least six other murders, including the stabbing death of a 70-year-old man in Arizona in 1973, all the while still bragging for years about others, Longhurst said. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 15 Feb. 2024 The winner on Saturday night gets bragging rights, but both of them know there's a far bigger prize than winning. Tim Reynolds, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 Do Tar Heel fans now have bragging rights in perpetuity? Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 The winner got bragging rights and some BMW and Rudd Estate swag. Noël Burgess, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 In January, Venezuela bragged about expanding its military presence in the region in propaganda videos released on its army’s social media accounts, showing bulldozers clearing land, as well as light tanks and infantry fighting vehicles on the move and an Mi-17 military transport helicopter. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 In October 2016, following the revelation that Trump had been caught on tape bragging about groping women, Debbie Meadows and other Republican congressional wives got on a bus chartered by Women for Trump to drive around North Carolina, a swing state, to defend him. Robert Draper, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The benefits of a brag book Part of growing your salary comes with asking for a raise, which Tu believes most workers aren’t asking for often enough. Jane Thier, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2022 Now, after the latest iteration of Kellyoke on the Kelly Clarkson Show, the host can add performing the knockout collaboration live alongside the country icon herself to her list of brag-worthy accomplishments. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2022 This will also give you a brag bank to pull from when the interviewer asks you to articulate your strengths. Dominique Law, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The Wild Insulated Water Bottle Allow us to humble-brag about The Wild water bottle with the cool logo of the L.A. Times newsletter about the outdoors in Southern California. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Extremely familiar forays into bass-heavy brag rap, whooshing R&B, and Afrobeats break up the slog. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2021 Lays down brag-worthy numbers, draws every eye, amazing value. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, "ostentation, presumption," perhaps noun derivative of earlier brag, "ostentatious, spirited," of obscure origin

Verb

Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag brag entry 1

Adjective

probably adjectival derivative of brag entry 1 or brag entry 2

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brag was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brag. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

brag

1 of 2 noun
1
: a boastful statement
2
: overly proud talk or manner
3

brag

2 of 2 verb
bragged; bragging
: to praise oneself or one's possessions or achievements
bragger noun

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