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

Synonyms & Antonyms for brag

Synonyms: Noun

bluster, bombast, braggadocio, bull [slang], cockalorum, fanfaronade, gas, gasconade, grandiloquence, hot air, magniloquence, rant, rodomontade (also rhodomontade)

Synonyms: Verb

blow, boast, bull [slang], crow, gasconade, swagger, vapor, vaunt

Synonyms: Adjective

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, top-of-the-line, top-shelf, topflight, topping [chiefly British], unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful

Antonyms: Adjective

atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

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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


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


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.


he did a really brag job on restoring that classic car
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fans online brag about Marvel movies crossing the $1 billion threshold, riling each other up to continue spending money at the box office to support the company, cast, and directors. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Avengers: Endgame fans coming to terms with Avatar remaining the top-grossing movie," 2 July 2019 In tribute to his dad, John McCutchen still wears some of his father’s service beads on his brag vest, said Jess McCutchen, John’s 35-year-old son. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 25 years and 2,100 Boy Scouts, popular North County scoutmaster steps down," 2 July 2019 All of our state’s’ HBCUs brag of the achievements of numerous alumni in many fields. Roy S. Johnson |,, "Johnson: Hidden (behind the) figures, grad rates don’t reveal full equation for HBCUs," 14 June 2019 This morning, Nintendo sent out one of its periodic brag-heavy business press releases, this time focusing on a strong start to the US holiday shopping season. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Putting Nintendo Switch’s 8.2 million US Switch sales in context," 28 Nov. 2018 Maybe tweet a brag about the savings on your energy bills after a month of shorter showers and lukewarm laundry. The Seattle Times, "Little changes can make a big difference in climate change," 24 Sep. 2018 The idyllic set up of their luxury camping spot gave fans a sneak peek into their private vacation, along with the perfect humble brag hashtag of #Magical. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas Took Priyanka Chopra on His Favorite Getaway for a "Magical" Trip to the Mountains," 3 Sep. 2018 Welcome to the club And the Oscar for best humble brag goes to … the new class of academy members. Christina Schoellkopf,, "Hashtag Highlights: DiCaprio's tease, Drake's surprise," 29 June 2018 Now, poachers covet the meat, which is illegally and surreptitiously chopped, fried, and plated at private restaurants, primarily for tourists seeking a brag-worthy culinary exploit. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The former vice president found himself on the defensive a lot -- for being the old guy on the block, humble bragging about working with segregationists, opposing busing and his dealings with Senate leader Mitch McConnell., "Joe Biden unsure about when or how to raise his hand at debate becomes a meme," 28 June 2019 The other women also take out their phones and brag about children, coo over grandchildren. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 Last year, Trump bragged during a speech at the CIA that his inauguration crowd was as big as 1.5 million people. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "Trump Said His State of the Union Speech Was the Most Watched Ever. It Wasn't.," 1 Feb. 2018 Tony brags that the chest device powers new nanotech that allows the suit to generate and regenerate on Tony’s body. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "What to Know About Spider-Man and Iron Man's New Suits in Avengers: Infinity War," 27 Apr. 2018 An informant working with investigators later used a hidden camera to capture Martinez bragging about the slaying. Travis Andersen,, "MS-13 member who killed 15-year-old in Chelsea should serve 30 years in prison, lawyer says," 14 May 2018 Number disclosure is considered as gauche as bragging about your massive pay increase for doing the exact same job as your coworker. Sloane Crosley, The Cut, "The Doctor Is a Woman," 26 Mar. 2018 Although Izvestia brags that the MiG-31s will be able to reach the North Pole in half an hour, that is no longer the case. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Resumes Fighter Patrols Over the North Pole," 6 Feb. 2019 Trump also bragged to the crowd about moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Trump Bragged to Wealthy Donors About Classified Syria Battle," 30 May 2018

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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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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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