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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 boastfully
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  • “I am pretty well able to take care of myself, I believe,” he said boastfully.

    The International Spy Allen Upward
  • "I have three dollars," she added, trying not to say it boastfully.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • They were both the worse for rum they had had on the road, the big man talking very loud and boastfully.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • A voice somewhere behind him said boastfully, "He's game for my bag."

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • In Vienna they lived as before, and in Budapest they boastfully pointed to their full boards.

    The Iron Ration George Abel Schreiner
  • boastfully, they sent us newsreels of their entries into Portland and Seattle.

  • Hell have a hot time slipping us, the other boy said boastfully.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • He also boastfully said, that "Jackson knew him, and was afraid of him."

    The Seventh Regiment George L. Wood
  • "Oh, I can always tell a horse by his looks," replied Wilbur boastfully.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • “I flatter myself I could, too,” said Dunn, but not boastfully.

British Dictionary definitions for boastfully


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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