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boast 1

v. boast·ed, boast·ing, boasts
To talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way.
1. To say (something about oneself) in a proud or self-admiring way.
2. To have or possess (a desirable feature): a mall that boasts 80 shops.
1. The act or an instance of boasting: got tired of listening to his boasts.
2. A source of pride.

[Middle English bosten, from bost, a brag.]

boast′er n.
boast′ful adj.
boast′ful·ly adv.
boast′ful·ness n.
Synonyms: boast1, brag, crow2, vaunt
These verbs all mean to speak with pride, often excessive pride, about oneself or something related to oneself. Boast is the most general: "We confide [that is, have confidence] in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it" (Thomas Jefferson).
Brag implies exaggerated claims and often an air of insolent superiority: He bragged about his grades. Crow stresses exultation and often loud rejoicing: No candidate should crow until the votes have been counted. Vaunt suggests ostentatiousness and lofty extravagance of expression: "He did not vaunt of his new dignity, but I understood he was highly pleased with it" (James Boswell).

boast 2

tr.v. boast·ed, boast·ing, boasts
To shape or form (stone) roughly with a broad chisel.

[Origin unknown.]



blow one’s own trumpet To brag or boast; to call attention to one’s own accomplishments, usually with the implication that no one else is likely to do so; also, to toot one’s own horn. Though specific customs have been cited as giving rise to the phrase, the widespread and longstanding use of trumpets as attention-getting instruments seems explanation enough. Important personages and proclamations have long been heralded by a flourish of trumpets. In the New Testament, Jesus tells his followers not to blow their own horns, so to speak:

When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. (Matthew 6:2)

crow over To exult over a victory or accomplishment; to boast or vaunt. The allusion is to a gamecock’s exultant crowing after defeating an opponent. This expression dates from 1588.

Dutch courage See BRAVERY.

geneva courage See BRAVERY.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boasting - speaking of yourself in superlatives
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
crowing, gasconade, line-shooting, vaporing, brag, bragging, crow - an instance of boastful talk; "his brag is worse than his fight"; "whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade"
braggadocio, rhodomontade, rodomontade, bluster - vain and empty boasting
vaunt - extravagant self-praise
self-assertion - the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
تَفاخُر، تَبَجُّح
grobb, gort
kendini methetmeövünme


[ˈbəʊstɪŋ] Njactancia f, fanfarronadas fpl


nPrahlerei f(about, of mit)


[ˈbəʊstɪŋ] nvanterie fpl


(bəust) verb
to talk with too much pride. He was always boasting about how clever his son was.
the words used in talking proudly about something. His boast is that he has never yet lost a match.
ˈboastful adjective
ˈboastfully adverb
ˈboastfulness noun
ˈboasting noun
References in classic literature ?
An thou makest me tumble," quoth Robin, "I will freely give thee back thy fifty pounds; but I tell thee, brother, if thou makest me not feel grass all along my back, I will take every farthing thou hast for thy boastful speech.
Since Randolph's Alazon and Eiron are both distinguished by the untrustworthiness of their claims--one deviates from the virtuous mean of truth by making false boasts, while the other "offend [s] in denying a truth"--the scene ends without any resolution to the question of whether Homeric epic gives birth to boastful speech, ironic speech, both, or neither (1643,50).