brag

noun
\ 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

brag

verb
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

brag

adjective
bragger; braggest

Definition of brag (Entry 3 of 3)

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Verb

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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Verb

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 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, "Thrift shopping is an environmental and ethical trap," 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, "Busta Rhymes’ Teaches the Art of Bragging in This Week’s The Playlist," 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, "With Mavericks resting three starters, Tim Hardaway Jr., Seth Curry find their rhythm in comeback win over Jazz," 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, "The Top 3 Rugged Cameras for Daredevil Shooters," 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, "Pop Smoke’s voice was larger than life. It makes his death feel unreal.," 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, "Tried a second time in sex trafficking case, Milwaukee man convicted after jury deliberates for 28 minutes," 8 Jan. 2020 These two terms—meaning flight-shame and train-brag, respectively—have elbowed hygge aside as the latest Scandinavian buzzwords. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things That Changed How We Travel in the 2010s," 16 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Presidents typically use these early-days addresses to pitch their agenda to lawmakers—who are currently debating Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure package—and brag to the public about their accomplishments. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Biden’s address to Congress will focus on climate action," 28 Apr. 2021 Chapman is hardly the first person to brag about their involvement in a deadly insurrection in an attempt to secure a date, only to be issued a court date instead. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, "Heroic Woman Turned In Her Bumble Match After He Bragged About Storming The Capitol," 23 Apr. 2021 Sure, an ice cream company might brag about how its recipe has remained the same for 50 or more years, but that business hasn’t remained the same. Mark Otter, Forbes, "Three Management Styles To Target," 8 Apr. 2021 Another group notably not masking up: the elderly characters who brag throughout town about being fully vaccinated. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Five ways 'South Park' tackles our 'painfully true' reality in new vaccination special," 11 Mar. 2021 Wigley said LeBlanc is not the type to brag or even provide much on-field chatter, preferring to lead via his work ethic. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "‘Larry’ Legend: Kyle LeBlanc finally making a name for himself with Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse," 2 Apr. 2021 Four people get to go to space, St. Jude gets money to save kids, and Elon Musk gets to brag about a piece of glass. Mike Wehner, BGR, "This might be the wildest thing SpaceX has ever done," 30 Mar. 2021 The White House was clear about wanting to brag about Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package, historic in both its breadth and price tag. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden's spending bill sales pitch gets lost in crises," 24 Mar. 2021 Among Americans looking to expend pent-up wanderlust and perhaps brag a little, the paleontological pastime of fossil hunting has become an increasingly popular Jonesian pursuit. Jana Meisenholder, WSJ, "Why Fossil Hunting Is the Next Big Hobby—Seriously," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lays down brag-worthy numbers, draws every eye, amazing value. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 vs. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of brag

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brag

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English braggen, noun derivative of brag brag entry 1

Adjective

probably adjectival derivative of brag entry 1 or brag entry 2

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The first known use of brag was in the 14th century

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17 Mar 2021

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“Brag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brag. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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brag

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brag

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

brag

verb
\ 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.

Other Words from brag

bragger \ ˈbra-​gər \ noun

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