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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.]


tending to boast; characterized by boasting
ˈboastfully adv
ˈboastfulness n


(ˈboʊst fəl)

given to or characterized by boasting.
boast′ful•ly, adv.
boast′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.boastful - exhibiting self-importanceboastful - exhibiting self-importance; "big talk"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"


adjective bragging, vain, crowing, swaggering, vaunting, conceited, swanky (informal), puffed-up, egotistical, vainglorious, swollen-headed, full of yourself I am not afraid of seeming boastful.
modest, humble, unassuming, self-deprecating, self-effacing, self-belittling


Characterized by or given to boasting:
مُتَفاخِر، مُتَبَجِّح
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[ˈbəʊstfʊl] ADJjactancioso, fanfarrón


[ˈbəʊstfʊl] adjvantard(e)


adj, boastfully


[ˈbəʊstfʊl] adjpieno/a di sé, che si vanta sempre


(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 ?
The idea that George Willard would some day be- come a writer had given him a place of distinction in Winesburg, and to Seth Richmond he talked con- tinually of the matter, "It's the easiest of all lives to live," he declared, becoming excited and boastful.
She was a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her.
In war, he is daring, boastful, cunning, ruthless, self-denying, and self-devoted; in peace, just, generous, hospitable, revengeful, superstitious, modest, and commonly chaste.
At the time the Pequod was making good speed through the water; but as the broad-winged windward stranger shot nigh to her, the boastful sails all fell together as blank bladders that are burst, and all life fled from the smitten hull.
They were a vain and boastful company of heroes when the tale was done.
And he repeated her words with such assurance of accent, such boastful pretence of amazement, that she could not help replying with quickness,
A hearty kissing I got for a welcome, and some boastful triumph, which I swallowed as well as I could.
You are a boastful champion,' replied Heathcliff; 'but I don't like you well enough to hurt him: you shall get the full benefit of the torment, as long as it lasts.
They were even boastful of its eminence in those particulars, and were fired by an express conviction that, if it were less objectionable, it would be less respectable.
I knew he was certain to say something of this kind; he always would be so boastful about his difficulties.
He may have regretted that he had taught his young companion so successfully, but he had no time to interfere, for the other noisily continued in this boastful strain:-
I do not say this from any foolish or boastful patriotism.