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boast1

[bohst] /boʊst/
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.
2.
to speak with pride (often followed by of):
He boasted of his family's wealth.
verb (used with object)
3.
to speak of with excessive pride or vanity:
He boasts himself a genius.
4.
to be proud in the possession of:
The town boasts a new school.
noun
5.
a thing boasted of; a cause for pride:
Talent is his boast. It is her boast that she has never betrayed a friend.
6.
exaggerated or objectionable speech; bragging:
empty boasts and threats.
Origin of boast1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English bost (noun), bosten (v.), of uncertain origin
Related forms
boastingly, adverb
boastless, adjective
Synonyms
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.

boast2

[bohst] /boʊst/
verb (used with object), Masonry.
1.
to dress or shape (stone) roughly.
Origin
1815-25; of uncertain origin
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  • But how could he face her, after all he had said, after boasting as he had of his fortune?

    Silver and Gold Dane Coolidge
  • You are boasting of your merits, Sir: let merit be your boast; nothing else can attract me.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • In this tone he went on boasting till Paul quietly said, "Let it be, father, the matter is already settled."

    Dame Care Hermann Sudermann
  • A fox was boasting to a cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies.

  • In saying to Brindley, "You see that keyhole," he had merely been boasting in a jocular style.

British Dictionary definitions for boasting

boast1

/bəʊst/
verb
1.
(intransitive; sometimes foll by of or about) to speak in exaggerated or excessively proud terms of one's possessions, skills, or superior qualities; brag
2.
(transitive) to possess (something to be proud of): the city boasts a fine cathedral
noun
3.
a bragging statement
4.
a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about
Derived Forms
boaster, noun
boasting, noun, adjective
boastingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin

boast2

/bəʊst/
verb
1.
(transitive) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

boast3

/bəʊst/
noun
1.
a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
verb
2.
to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke
Derived Forms
boasted, adjective
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from French bosse the place where the ball hits the wall
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Word Origin and History for boasting

boast

n.

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."

v.

early 14c., "to brag, speak arrogantly;" from the same source as boast (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting.

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