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[bohst-fuh l] /ˈboʊst fəl/
given to or characterized by boasting.
Origin of boastful
1275-1325; Middle English bostful. See boast1, -ful
Related forms
boastfully, adverb
boastfulness, noun
overboastful, adjective
overboastfully, adverb
overboastfulness, noun
unboastful, adjective
unboastfully, adverb
unboastfulness, noun
conceited, cocky, pompous, cocksure, vainglorious, egotistical. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boastful
  • Today, that boastful sobriquet is more nostalgia than fact.
  • Don't come off sounding too boastful or vainglorious.
  • All that was needed was to listen closely to the boastful voices of the killers.
  • Teachers seem to resent his brash and boastful intellectualism.
  • But his tone was less boastful than matter-of-fact, and as it turned out, he was right.
  • As you'd expect from new parents, it all sounds a bit boastful and a bit defensive.
  • Often boastful about his capabilities, he claims to be something of an inventor savant.
  • He was a boastful lout and a petty thief, who was a great source of pride to his father, despite his many shortcomings.
  • boastful pride is condemned, because it rips the delicate web of reciprocity.
  • Her victory speech was loud and strident, her written press statements challenging and boastful.
British Dictionary definitions for boastful


tending to boast; characterized by boasting
Derived Forms
boastfully, adverb
boastfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for boastful

early 14c., from boast (n.) + -ful. Related: Boastfully; boastfulness.

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