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