Word of the DaySunday, June 01, 2014
\BRAG-ert\ , noun;
a person who does a lot of bragging.
The sculptors of those days had stocks of such funereal emblems in hand; as you may see still on the walls of St. Paul's, which are covered with hundreds of these braggart heathen allegories.
-- William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848
"But there are ways to prevent thee, young braggart," returned the esquire. "And there is a power," replied the youth, "to avenge the cause of wronged innocence."
-- Francis Lathom, The Castle of Ollada, 1795
Braggart entered English in the 1500s. It finds its roots in the French term braguer meaning "to brag."
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