A decade later, Canada boasted the strongest balance sheet of any of the major democracies.
Truly, this was one production that boasted an insanely large—and influential—cast.
Except he did help bail out the banks, and boasted in the speech about rescuing General Motors.
"I aspire to be as legendary on 60 Minutes as Mike Wallace," she once boasted.
The train driver who left scores dead in Spain once boasted about hitting 125 mph.
Walter saw again the red-faced ex-soldier who had boasted that he and his comrades were the pick of many countries.
This boasted power of intellect—this giddy triumph of beauty—what do they do for you?
Indeed, I should not be surprised if he boasted of it as “his garden” and were even now writing in a book about it.
She had boasted to him once of having learned to smoke at school.
He boasted that every public office, without exception, which existed when he left Bengal was his creation.
mid-13c., "arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity;" c.1300, "a brag, boastful speech," from Anglo-French bost "ostentation," probably via Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian baus "proud, bold, daring"), from Proto-Germanic *bausia "to blow up, puff up, swell" (cf. Middle High German bus "swelling," dialectal German baustern "to swell;" Middle Dutch bose, Dutch boos "evil, wicked, angry," Old High German bosi "worthless, slanderous," German böse "evil, bad, angry"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *beu-, *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2)).
The notion apparently is of being "puffed up" with pride; cf. Old English belgan "to become angry, offend, provoke," belg "anger, arrogance," from the same root as bellows and belly (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting. An Old English word for "boasting" was micelsprecende, "big talk."
early 14c., "to brag, speak arrogantly;" from the same source as boast (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting.