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brag

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noun \ ˈbrag \

Definition of brag

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

Examples of brag in a Sentence

  1. for all his brag about diving, he actually does very little

  2. he's an irritating brag whose sense of selfhood is defined by what he owns

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Origin and Etymology of brag

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


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brag

verb

Definition of brag

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

play \ˈbra-gər\ noun

braggy

play \ˈbra-gē\ adjective

Examples of brag in a Sentence

  1. After winning the race, she couldn't stop bragging.

  2. I don't mean to brag, he said, but I'm an excellent cook.

  3. He bragged that his daughter was the best student in her class.

  4. I'm the fastest runner on the team, she bragged.

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Origin and Etymology of brag

Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag 1brag

Synonym Discussion of 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

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brag

adjective

Definition of brag

bragger; braggest

Examples of brag in a Sentence

  1. he did a really brag job on restoring that classic car

Origin and Etymology of brag

probably adjectival derivative of 1brag or 2brag

brag Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], excellent, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, 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-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

BRAG Defined for English Language Learners

brag

verb

Definition of brag for English Language Learners

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


BRAG Defined for Kids

brag

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verb \ ˈbrag \

Definition of brag for Students

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

bragger

\ˈbra-gər\ noun


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