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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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  • He never deceived himself, young as he was, with the false platitudes of boastful altruists.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • He turned to the father, and spoke with an air of boastful good nature.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • A personal examination enables me to say that this challenge is neither presumptuous nor boastful.

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
  • His boastful accents died away into a mumble: "Dunno what I should do."

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • He expected to find Drennen half sodden with liquor, garrulous, boastful and withal easy to handle.

    Wolf Breed Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for boastful


tending to boast; characterized by boasting
Derived Forms
boastfully, adverb
boastfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boastful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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