1 [bohst]
verb (used without object)
to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.
to speak with pride (often followed by of ): He boasted of his family's wealth.
verb (used with object)
to speak of with excessive pride or vanity: He boasts himself a genius.
to be proud in the possession of: The town boasts a new school.
a thing boasted of; a cause for pride: Talent is his boast. It is her boast that she has never betrayed a friend.
exaggerated or objectionable speech; bragging: empty boasts and threats.

1250–1300; Middle English bost (noun), bosten (v.), of uncertain origin

boastingly, adverb
boastless, adjective

1, 2. Boast, brag imply vocal self-praise or claims to superiority over others. Boast usually refers to a particular ability, possession, etc., that may be one of such kind as to justify a good deal of pride: He boasts of his ability as a singer. Brag a more colloquial term, usually suggests a more ostentatious and exaggerated boasting but less well-founded: He brags loudly of his marksmanship. Unabridged


2 [bohst]
verb (used with object) Masonry.
to dress or shape (stone) roughly.

1815–25; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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boast1 (bəʊst)
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
3.  a bragging statement
4.  a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about
[C13: of uncertain origin]
n, —adj

boast2 (bəʊst)
(tr) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel
[C19: of unknown origin]

boast3 (bəʊst)
1.  a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
2.  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]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from Anglo-Norm. bost, probably via Scandinavian (cf. Norw. baus "proud, bold, daring"), from P.Gmc. *bausia "to blow up, puff up, swell" (cf. dial. Ger. baustern "to swell," M.Du. bose, Du. boos "evil, wicked, angry," O.H.G. bosi "worthless, slanderous," Ger. böse "evil, bad, angry"),
from PIE *bhou-, variant of base *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see be). The notion apparently is of being "puffed up" with pride; cf. O.E. belgan "to become angry, offend, provoke," belg "anger, arrogance," from the same root as bellows and belly (q.v.).
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Example sentences
Trying to impress me with their vision of the future, the administrators
  boasted about a new doctoral program they were planning.
He boasted that any punch aimed at his abdomen would be jarringly repulsed.
Local lore has long held that the area once boasted seven magnificent temples,
  but that six of these were swallowed by the sea.
Some years it boasted more than half a million visitors.
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