\ ˈbrag How to pronounce brag (audio) \

Definition of brag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


bragged; bragging

Definition of brag (Entry 2 of 3)

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; braggest

Definition of brag (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from brag


bragger \ ˈbra-​gər How to pronounce brag (audio) \ noun
braggy \ ˈbra-​gē How to pronounce brag (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for brag

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Try creating that sense of approval, support, and safety for yourself with a brag file. Forbes, 21 June 2021 Always be succinct, use your brag-bag and stories and respect the other person’s time. Gerry Valentine, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Luckily, there are some ways to still snag unique pieces at brag-worthy prices without falling into an ethical black hole. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 26 Feb. 2021 Always on time, Busta Rhymes and yours truly share our favorite jams to get your brag on to. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 4 Dec. 2020 Rallying to beat a Utah team on Monday afternoon, 122-114, with Jazz starters resting throughout the second half did not qualify as brag-worthy, but the win preserved Dallas’ two narrow paths to an improved playoff seed. Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2020 The camera can also tag the photo metadata with its internal altimeter and compass, adding brag-worthy contextual detail to vacation slideshows. Jess Grey, Wired, 21 Apr. 2020 Pithy and profound, that elegant little brag describes rap music itself: a declaration of self, a consecration of community and, fundamentally, a physical event. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2020 Orozco noted that pimps typically mark their women with brands or tattoos, and brag of their exploits in rap music videos. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bitcoin has that bubbly look right now no matter how greatly its adherents brag about the future. John Navin, Forbes, 4 July 2021 The numbers are in, and the WNBA has something to brag about. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 The numbers are in, and the WNBA has something to brag about. Tim Dahlberg,, 29 June 2021 Miss Manners realizes this does not provide an opportunity to brag to friends. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 Whether that happens or not, Carney said, Republicans have a lot to brag about. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 30 May 2021 The last thing McConnell wants is for Biden to have a list of accomplishments to brag about come election time. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Pre-pandemic, West Virginia ranked first in health metrics no one would want to brag about: prevalence of poor physical and mental health, cardiovascular disease, obesity. Time, 29 June 2021 Marketing and sales folks want to brag that there was a 1000% uptick in inquiries based on the latest push marketing drip campaign. John Hayes, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lays down brag-worthy numbers, draws every eye, amazing value. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of brag


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brag


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


Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag brag entry 1


probably adjectival derivative of brag entry 1 or brag entry 2

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15 Jul 2021

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“Brag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of brag

: to talk about yourself, your achievements, your family, etc., in a way that shows too much pride


\ ˈbrag How to pronounce brag (audio) \
bragged; bragging

Kids Definition of brag

: to speak in a way that shows too much pride : boast She bragged about all the awards she'd won.

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bragger \ ˈbra-​gər \ noun

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