\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Taproom at Dubsdread: A power lunch should be brag-worthy which is why local executives and business-types bring their clients and colleagues to The Taproom at Dubsdread., "2019 Orlando Sentinel Best Bets: Dining & Restaurants winners," 5 Oct. 2019 Mr Trump was able to brag about one success: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the murderous rapist who led Islamic State, blew himself up when he was cornered by American forces. The Economist, "The world this year," 18 Dec. 2019 President Donald Trump frequently brags about -- and often exaggerates -- the size of his crowds. Jordyn Phelps, ABC News, "Trump, who loves a mega-rally, getting one during India trip," 23 Feb. 2020 The president's defenders have circulated footage of Biden bragging about ousting a Ukrainian prosecutor who was seeking to end corruption in the country while his son was on the board of Burisma. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'He's not going to back down': Top Biden aide says candidate is emboldened by Ukraine questions," 3 Feb. 2020 In true Blake and Gwen style, both NBC coaches could not hold back from bragging about each other during their acceptance speeches. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Gave an Expletive-Filled Speech About Gwen Stefani and Everyone Lost It," 11 Nov. 2019 Not to brag, but our Vogue totes seem to be highly covetable. Vogue, "Choose a Limited Edition Vogue Tote...Before They Sell Out," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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 30 Mar. 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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