\ 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


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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bragger \ ˈbra-​gər How to pronounce bragger (audio) \ noun
braggy \ ˈbra-​gē How to pronounce braggy (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 During her speech, Portman piggybacked on Garcia’s go-for-the-brag crusade by inviting her fellow female artists in the room to shatter another double standard. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Foul-mouthed, braggadocious and unapologetic: Inside Elle’s 2019 Women in Hollywood event," 15 Oct. 2019 Jamie Lee Curtis plays the deliciously condescending Linda Drysdale, Harlan's daughter, who likes to humble-brag about building her real estate empire from the ground up. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Twists upon twists in Knives Out will keep you guessing ’til the end," 24 Nov. 2019 His bad never feels that bad; his good never feels that good; his brags and complaints are voiced with the same crassness and lack of specificity. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Post Malone Is the Voice of Modern Brain Fog," 9 Sep. 2019 That's not a brag: a doctor diagnosed it on the spot as a fourth-degree slay. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez Brings the Rockettes and Christmas Sing-Along to Her 'SNL' Opening Monologue: Watch," 8 Dec. 2019 Besides being the ultimate geotag brag, guests of the Gudliya Suite will be lavished with exclusive perks. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "You Can Now Book an Airbnb Stay in Jaipur's Royal Palace," 22 Nov. 2019 This individual is no different from the person in a bar who overhears someone brag about a bank heist and calls the police tipline. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: If you can’t impeach …; Erosion in our society; No need to know whistle-blower; Fans are victims of greed; more responses (11/15/19)," 15 Nov. 2019 And that’s not a brag, but rather a testament as to our respect and appreciation to one of God’s magnificent creatures. Jim Gronaw,, "Jim Gronaw: Variety and memories at Deep Creek Lake," 6 Oct. 2019 Pick: Steelers by 11 Eagles at Bills (-1½) ESPN analyst Rex Ryan ripped Eagles coach Doug Pederson over his failed guarantee, saying his father Buddy would never have lost to the Cowboys after such a brag. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 8," 24 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a buzzworthy Super Bowl ad for its new Hummer electric truck, GMC is bragging that this new model makes an insane 11,500 lb-ft of torque. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Why Hummer's Massive Torque Number in Super Bowl Ad Is Misleading," 3 Feb. 2020 The last two days of 2019 were something for American Airlines leaders to brag about to their 100,000 employees. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "American Airlines credits lull in labor hostilities for turnaround in operating woes," 26 Jan. 2020 Biden bragged in 2018 about strong-arming Ukraine into firing a prosecutor by threatening to renege on a loan guarantee. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Trey Gowdy: Obama and Biden could potentially be 'relevant' witnesses in Senate impeachment trial," 24 Jan. 2020 Across 30 movies—and in 2019—four LGBTQ relationships isn’t something to brag about. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "‘Tis the Season for Holiday Movies—and Hallmark and Lifetime Aren’t Afraid of Netflix," 17 Dec. 2019 The home to the annual Kumquat Festival brags on its kumquat pies and quilt contest. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Eakins’ second act in NHL represents Ducks and humble Florida upbringing," 18 Oct. 2019 The jersey patch really just allows us to brag a little bit about who our new partner is. Dallas News, "Win-Chimes: Mavericks announce new jersey-patch partnership source says could be worth up to $47 million," 18 Jan. 2020 An outfitter talking about how hard the conditions are for your hunt, but then bragging about past successes. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "6 Secrets Hunting and Fishing Guides Will Never Reveal," 8 Jan. 2020 The kid, then a teenager, was reportedly present at the murder and bragged about it. The Economist, "The sleuth of death row What does it take to become a death-row detective?," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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“Brag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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