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brag

[brag] /bræg/
verb (used without object), bragged, bragging.
1.
to use boastful language; boast:
He bragged endlessly about his high score.
verb (used with object), bragged, bragging.
2.
to boast of:
He bragged that he had won.
noun
3.
a boast or vaunt.
4.
a thing to boast of.
5.
a boaster.
6.
an old English card game similar to poker.
adjective
7.
Archaic. unusually fine; first-rate.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. See boast1 .
Antonyms
2. depreciate.
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Examples for bragging
  • The pleasure of bragging to-morrow among his friends that he has played better than another.
  • Achievements and leveling in games are inherently social, as they offer bragging rights and a way to compare progress to others.
  • The connection of the two colleges to their respective teams had already created a war of bragging rights.
  • He slipped up by bragging on a break, by the snack machine, and was promptly snitched upon by yours truly.
  • There are also other, less organized groups who spar their dogs for bragging rights and quick cash.
  • We're trained at an early age to wait our turn, defer to our superiors and avoid bragging.
  • More than bragging rights are at stake in the ambitious project announced today.
  • Although there's a lot of racing, bench racing and bragging going all, it's all in fun and for a good cause.
  • Conspicuous consumption and bragging to journalists about takeover deals are not his style.
  • Can't believe you are bragging about a non-existent language.
British Dictionary definitions for bragging

brag

/bræɡ/
verb brags, bragging, bragged
1.
to speak of (one's own achievements, possessions, etc) arrogantly and boastfully
noun
2.
boastful talk or behaviour, or an instance of this
3.
something boasted of his brag was his new car
4.
a braggart; boaster
5.
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 bragging

brag

v.

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.

n.

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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