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Definitions of boast

boast1  (bəʊst

Definitions

verb

  1. (intransitive; sometimes followed 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

  1. a bragging statement
  2. a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about

Derived Forms

ˈboaster  noun
ˈboasting  noun, adjective
ˈboastingly  adverb

Word Origin

C13: of uncertain origin

Synonyms

View thesaurus entry
= brag, crow, vaunt, bluster, talk big (slang), blow your own trumpet, show off, be proud of, flaunt, showboat, congratulate yourself on, flatter yourself, pride yourself on, skite (Australian) ( & New Zealand) (informal), swagger, swank (informal)
= bragging, vaunting, rodomontade (literary), gasconade (rare)
= source of pride, pride, joy, treasure, gem, pride and joy

Quotations including 'boast'

  • "A mule always boasts that its ancestors were horses"

boast2  (bəʊst

Definitions

verb

  1. (transitive) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

boast3  (bəʊst (squash)

Definitions

noun

  1. a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall

verb

  1. to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke

Derived Forms

ˈboasted  adjective

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from French bosse the place where the ball hits the wall

Translations for 'boast'

  • British English: boast If someone boasts about something that they have done or that they own, they talk about it very proudly, in a way that other people may find irritating or offensive.He boasted about his new job.bəʊst VERB
  • Arabic: يَتَبَاهى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: gabar-se
  • Chinese: 自夸
  • Croatian: hvaliti se
  • Czech: vychloubat se
  • Danish: prale
  • Dutch: opscheppenpochen
  • European Spanish: alardear
  • Finnish: kerskailla
  • French: se vanter de
  • German: prahlen
  • Greek: καυχιέμαι
  • Italian: vantarsi
  • Japanese: 自慢する
  • Korean: 자랑하다
  • Norwegian: skryte
  • Polish: pochwalić się chwalić się
  • Portuguese: gabar-se
  • Romanian: a se lăuda
  • Russian: хвалить
  • Spanish: alardear
  • Swedish: skryta
  • Thai: พูดยกย่องตัวเองจนเกินไป
  • Turkish: böbürlenmek
  • Ukrainian: хизуватися
  • Vietnamese: khoe khoang

Example Sentences Including 'boast'

Surrounded by Irishmen, Bob would deliberately boast of his time in the British Army.
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man
She had more to boast about than any of the other girls in her class.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
He has had a few finds, nothing much so far to boast about, but comforting, I suppose.
Holt, Victoria The Black Opal

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