brag

noun
\ ˈbrag \

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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Other Words from brag

Verb

bragger \ ˈbra-​gər \ noun
braggy \ ˈbra-​gē \ 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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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

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, latimes.com, "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 And who doesn't want an opportunity to brow-brag, right? Sable Yong, Allure, "I Tried Maybelline New York's Tattoo Studio Brow Pen and It's Like Training Wheels for Microblading," 20 June 2018 While ostensibly no book reviewers have taken to social media to galley-brag, Marlon is apparently very excited to read the book. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Mother and Daughter Going on Tour for Children’s Book," 1 Mar. 2018 Onfroy has a history of violence, memorialized both in court records and his own brags. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Unsettling Familiarity of XXXTentacion," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Cocktail Club Most cities have them these days: that upscale lounge that’s marinated in the history of mixed drinks, and brags an ever-changing menu of inventive craft cocktails and their highly-skilled makers. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Rooftop Bars in Charleston," 26 Apr. 2018 Avoid blades with rounded, shallow serrations, and don’t be wooed by brands that brag about having a high number of them. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 The following year the family relocated once more—to Woodland, Washington, where Jen bragged of their greenhouse, a coterie of farm animals, and the nature that enveloped their home. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 1: Fear," 4 Dec. 2018 Painter's family is now hooked, too, watching the broadcasts online and bragging on social media — even if his calling seems a bit unorthodox back home in Stanley. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "He quit a State Department job to play video games. Now he's a star in NBA's 2K League.," 9 July 2018 Huawei Mate 10 Pro This impressive smartphone sports premium design, super slick screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, spectacular battery life, and brag-worthy camera specs. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 Game studios notoriously exploit employees’ creative passion by using it to justify long hours and stressful work environments, to the point where studios brag about putting developers through grueling crunch cycles. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art," 14 June 2018 While Fox News dominated the ratings in May—a fact Trump bragged about on Saturday—the network is having new difficulties monetizing its most pro-Trump programming. Gabriel Sherman, The Hive, "“This Was Lachlan’s Revenge”: As a Murdoch Son Moves to Consolidate His Power, Rupert Says “I’m Still Here”," 4 June 2018 Barbecue enthusiasts preach the low-and-slow method and brag on the length of their cooking times, but the pitmaster at the Dakota East Side Ice House takes his brisket to extremes, making it nearly an all-day process. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio pitmaster makes cooking brisket a nearly 24-hour affair," 14 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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