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boast 1

 (bōst)
v. boast·ed, boast·ing, boasts
v.intr.
To talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way.
v.tr.
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.
n.
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

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

[Origin unknown.]

boast

(bəʊst)
vb
1. (intr; sometimes foll by of or about) to speak in exaggerated or excessively proud terms of one's possessions, skills, or superior qualities; brag
2. (tr) to possess (something to be proud of): the city boasts a fine cathedral.
n
3. a bragging statement
4. a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about
[C13: of uncertain origin]
ˈboaster n
ˈboasting n, adj
ˈboastingly adv

boast

(bəʊst)
vb
(Geological Science) (tr) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel
[C19: of unknown origin]

boast

(bəʊst) squash
n
(Squash & Fives) a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
vb
(Squash & Fives) to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke
[C19: perhaps from French bosse the place where the ball hits the wall]
ˈboasted adj

boast1

(boʊst)
v.i.
1. to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, esp. about oneself; brag.
2. Archaic. to rejoice proudly; exult.
v.t.
3. to speak of with excessive pride or vanity.
4. to be proud in the possession of: The town boasts two new schools.
n.
5. a thing boasted of; a cause for pride.
6. exaggerated speech; bragging: empty boasts and threats.
[1250–1300; Middle English bost, of uncertain orig.]
boast′er, n.
boast′ing•ly, adv.
syn: boast, brag imply vocal self-praise or claims to superiority over others. boast usu. refers to a particular ability, possession, etc., that may justify a good deal of pride: He boasts of his ability as a singer. brag, a more informal term, usu. suggests a more ostentatious and exaggerated boasting but less well-founded: He brags loudly about his marksmanship.

boast2

(boʊst)

v.t.
to dress or shape (stone) roughly.
[1815–25]

boast

- First meant "threaten" or "threat."
See also related terms for threat.

Boast

 a number of soldiers, 1486 [15th-century pun on exploits recounted by returning soldiers].

boast


Past participle: boasted
Gerund: boasting

Imperative
boast
boast
Present
I boast
you boast
he/she/it boasts
we boast
you boast
they boast
Preterite
I boasted
you boasted
he/she/it boasted
we boasted
you boasted
they boasted
Present Continuous
I am boasting
you are boasting
he/she/it is boasting
we are boasting
you are boasting
they are boasting
Present Perfect
I have boasted
you have boasted
he/she/it has boasted
we have boasted
you have boasted
they have boasted
Past Continuous
I was boasting
you were boasting
he/she/it was boasting
we were boasting
you were boasting
they were boasting
Past Perfect
I had boasted
you had boasted
he/she/it had boasted
we had boasted
you had boasted
they had boasted
Future
I will boast
you will boast
he/she/it will boast
we will boast
you will boast
they will boast
Future Perfect
I will have boasted
you will have boasted
he/she/it will have boasted
we will have boasted
you will have boasted
they will have boasted
Future Continuous
I will be boasting
you will be boasting
he/she/it will be boasting
we will be boasting
you will be boasting
they will be boasting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been boasting
you have been boasting
he/she/it has been boasting
we have been boasting
you have been boasting
they have been boasting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been boasting
you will have been boasting
he/she/it will have been boasting
we will have been boasting
you will have been boasting
they will have been boasting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been boasting
you had been boasting
he/she/it had been boasting
we had been boasting
you had been boasting
they had been boasting
Conditional
I would boast
you would boast
he/she/it would boast
we would boast
you would boast
they would boast
Past Conditional
I would have boasted
you would have boasted
he/she/it would have boasted
we would have boasted
you would have boasted
they would have boasted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boast - 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
Verb1.boast - show offboast - show off        
puff - speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
crow, gloat, triumph - dwell on with satisfaction
2.boast - wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; "she was sporting a new hat"
feature, have - have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

boast

verb
1. brag, crow, vaunt, bluster, talk big (slang), blow your own trumpet, show off, be proud of, flaunt, showboat, congratulate yourself on, flatter yourself, pride yourself on, skite (Austral. & N.Z. informal) She boasted about her achievements.
brag cover up, deprecate, disclaim
2. possess, offer, present, exhibit The houses boast the latest energy-saving technology.
noun
1. bragging, vaunting, rodomontade (literary), gasconade (rare) He was asked about earlier boasts of a quick victory.
bragging disclaimer
Proverbs
"A mule always boasts that its ancestors were horses"

boast

verb
1. To talk with excessive pride:
Informal: blow.
2. To have at one's disposal:
noun
An act of boasting:
Informal: blow.
Translations
بِتَفاخُر، بِتَبَجُّحتباهىتفاخُر، تبجُّـحيَتَبَاهى
vychloubat sechlouba
pralepralenblærblære sigpral
kerskailla
hvaliti se
dicsekszik
gort, sjálfshólgorta, hælast um
自慢する力む
자랑하다
girtisgyrimasispagyrūniškaipagyrūniškaspagyrūniškumas
dižošanāsdižotieslielīšanāslielīties
bahati seširokoustenje
skrytaskrävla
พูดยกย่องตัวเองจนเกินไป
böbürlenmekkendini methetmekendini methetmekövünmeövünmek
khoe khoang

boast

[bəʊst]
A. Nalarde m
it is his boast thatse jacta de que ...
to be the boast ofser el orgullo de
B. VT (frm) (= pride o.s. on) → ostentar, jactarse de
C. VIpresumir, alardear
he boasts about or of his strengthpresume de fuerte
that's nothing to boast abouteso no es motivo para vanagloriarse

boast

[ˈbəʊst]
vise vanter
Stop boasting! → Arrête de te vanter!
to boast about sth → se vanter de qch
to boast of → se vanter de
vt
(= say boastfully) → se vanter
to boast that ... → se vanter du fait que ...
(= have) → afficher
The houses will boast the latest energy-saving technology
BUT Les maisons seront dotés des dernières technologies en matière d'économie d'énergie.
n
(= assertion) → vantardise f
(= source of satisfaction) → sujet m d'orgueil, sujet m de fierté

boast

n
Prahlerei f
(= source of pride)Stolz m; it is their boast that …sie rühmen sich, dass …
viprahlen (about, of mit to sb jdm gegenüber); without boasting, without wishing to boastohne zu prahlen
vt
(= possess)sich rühmen (+gen) (geh)
(= say boastfully)prahlen

boast

[bəʊst]
1. nvanteria
it is his boast that he's never lost a match → si fa vanto di non aver mai perso un incontro
2. vt (possession, achievement) the village boasted only one small storenel paese c'era solo un negozietto
3. vi to boast (about or of)vantarsi (di)

boast

(bəust) verb
to talk with too much pride. He was always boasting about how clever his son was.
noun
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

boast

يَتَبَاهى vychloubat se prale prahlen καυχιέμαι alardear kerskailla se vanter de hvaliti se vantarsi 自慢する 자랑하다 opscheppen skryte pochwalić się gabar-se хвалить skryta พูดยกย่องตัวเองจนเกินไป böbürlenmek khoe khoang 自夸
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Now this king was very fond of money; and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised, and he sent for the girl to be brought before him.
Once on a summer night when he was eighteen, he had walked with her on a coun- try road and in her presence had given way to an impulse to boast, to make himself appear big and significant in her eyes.
NOT long ago, the writer of these lines, In the mad pride of intellectuality, Maintained "the power of words"--denied that ever A thought arose within the human brain Beyond the utterance of the human tongue: And now, as if in mockery of that boast, Two words-two foreign soft dissyllables-- Italian tones, made only to be murmured By angels dreaming in the moonlit "dew That hangs like chains of pearl on Hermon hill,"-- Have stirred from out the abysses of his heart, Unthought-like thoughts that are the souls of thought, Richer, far wider, far diviner visions Than even the seraph harper, Israfel,(Who has "the sweetest voice of all God's creatures") Could hope to utter.
It is my greatest boast that I have incurred the displeasure of my Father
Make no banaar's boast of skill; Hold thy peace above the kill.
Colonel Lloyd's slaves would boast his ability to buy and sell Jacob Jepson.
An authentic genealogy traced up so high could not but be extremely curious; and with good reason might the Emperors of Abyssinia boast themselves the most illustrious and ancient family in the world.
They did so; and a day it was, of boast, and swagger, and rodomontade.
While other towns boast of the magnificence of their arsenals and dock-yards, and the splendour of their shops and markets, Haarlem's claims to fame rest upon her superiority to all other provincial cities in the number and beauty of her spreading elms, graceful poplars, and, more than all, upon her pleasant walks, shaded by the lovely arches of magnificent oaks, lindens, and chestnuts.
A shipowner loves a profitable ship; the seaman is proud of her; a doubt of her good looks seldom exists in his mind; but if he can boast of her more useful qualities it is an added satisfaction for his self-love.
By these and similar exploits, he made himself the pride and boast of his people, and became popular among them, notwithstanding his death-denouncing fiat.
Paul, when he boasts of himself, he doth oft interlace, I speak like a fool; but speaking of his calling, he saith, magnificabo apostolatum meum.