\ 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)

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 See More
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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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\ 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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