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[brag] /bræg/
verb (used without object), bragged, bragging.
to use boastful language; boast:
He bragged endlessly about his high score.
verb (used with object), bragged, bragging.
to boast of:
He bragged that he had won.
a boast or vaunt.
a thing to boast of.
a boaster.
an old English card game similar to poker.
Archaic. unusually fine; first-rate.
Origin of brag
1350-1400; Middle English brag (noun) ostentation, arrogance, braggen (v.); of obscure origin
Related forms
braggingly, adverb
bragless, adjective
outbrag, verb (used with object), outbragged, outbragging.
overbrag, verb, overbragged, overbragging.
unbragging, adjective
1. See boast1 .
2. depreciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brag
  • Something that they'd want to brag to their friends about doing and trust me.
  • But any temptation to brag about successes should quickly be tempered by humility over two things.
  • He has made no disastrous mistakes, and can brag of four substantial achievements.
  • Today it has become known worldwide and a record is really something special to brag about.
  • Nothing to brag about, but nothing to be ashamed of either.
  • Similarly, those who can brag that their gold is clean and their diamonds bloodless can pull moral rank on those who cannot.
  • They will brag about such acts, but they are simply a cost of doing business, not an instance of corporate altruism.
  • It doesn't do wonders for your country's ego to brag about your inferior products.
  • He's the sort to invite everyone over so he can brag about his new satellite dish or his array of spatulas and tongs.
  • She says that celebrities will brag to each other about how little they pay their nannies.
British Dictionary definitions for brag


verb brags, bragging, bragged
to speak of (one's own achievements, possessions, etc) arrogantly and boastfully
boastful talk or behaviour, or an instance of this
something boasted of: his brag was his new car
a braggart; boaster
a card game: an old form of poker
Derived Forms
bragger, noun
bragging, noun, adjective
braggingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for brag

mid-14c., braggen "to make a loud sound," also "to talk boastfully," of obscure origin, perhaps related to bray of a trumpet, or related to the Middle English adjective brag "ostentatious, proud; spirited, brave" (early 14c.), which probably is from Celtic. Other sources suggest Old Norse bragr "the best, the toast (of anything)," also "poetry." Also cf. braggart for another possibility. Related: Bragged; bragging.


late 14c., "pomp; arrogance, pride;" see brag (v.); the exact relationship of the forms is uncertain. Meaning "that which is boasted" is from 1530s. As a once-popular poker-like card game, from 1734.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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