toot one's own horn

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of toot one's own horn

US, informal
: to talk about oneself or one's achievements especially in a way that shows pride or too much pride
  • We've had a very successful year, and I think we have a right to toot our own horn a little.

Word by Word Definitions

toot play
  1. : to sound a short blast

  2. : to sound a note or call suggesting the short blast of a wind instrument

  3. : to blow or sound an instrument (such as a horn) especially so as to produce short blasts

  1. : a short blast (as on a horn)

  1. : a drinking bout : spree

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

horn play
  1. : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: such as

  2. : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration

  3. : antler


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