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boast1 (bəʊst Pronunciation for boast1

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

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= brag, crow, vaunt, bluster, talk big, blow your own trumpet, show off, be proud of, flaunt, showboat, congratulate yourself on, flatter yourself, pride yourself on, skite, swagger, swank,
= bragging, vaunting, rodomontade, gasconade,
= source of pride, pride, joy, treasure, gem, pride and joy

Quotations including 'boast'

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

boast2 (bəʊst Pronunciation for boast2

Definitions

verb

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

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

boast3 (bəʊst Pronunciation for boast3 (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: boastPronunciation for 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: يَتَبَاهىPronunciation for يَتَبَاهى
  • Brazilian Portuguese: gabar-sePronunciation for gabar-se
  • Chinese: 自夸Pronunciation for 自夸
  • Croatian: hvaliti sePronunciation for hvaliti se
  • Czech: vychloubat sePronunciation for vychloubat se
  • Danish: pralePronunciation for prale
  • Dutch: opscheppenPronunciation for opscheppenpochen
  • European Spanish: alardearPronunciation for alardear
  • Finnish: kerskaillaPronunciation for kerskailla
  • French: se vanter dePronunciation for se vanter de
  • German: prahlenPronunciation for prahlen
  • Greek: καυχιέμαιPronunciation for καυχιέμαι
  • Italian: vantarsiPronunciation for vantarsi
  • Japanese: 自慢するPronunciation for 自慢する
  • Korean: 자랑하다Pronunciation for 자랑하다
  • Norwegian: skrytePronunciation for skryte
  • Polish: pochwalić sięPronunciation for pochwalić się chwalić się
  • Portuguese: gabar-sePronunciation for gabar-se
  • Romanian: a se lăuda
  • Russian: хвалитьPronunciation for хвалить
  • Spanish: alardearPronunciation for alardear
  • Swedish: skrytaPronunciation for skryta
  • Thai: พูดยกย่องตัวเองจนเกินไปPronunciation for พูดยกย่องตัวเองจนเกินไป
  • Turkish: böbürlenmekPronunciation for böbürlenmek
  • Ukrainian: хизуватися
  • Vietnamese: khoe khoangPronunciation for khoe khoang

Example Sentences Including 'boast'

And the Angels boast a better balance sheet by virtue of their athletic prowess.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and even the great Bill Shankly couldn't boast flawless records when they took over a new side.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2004)
Even at the age of seventeen, George Washington was able to boast of his earnings to a friend.
Andro Linklater MEASURING AMERICA (2002)
He has had a few finds, nothing much so far to boast about, but comforting, I suppose.
Holt, Victoria The Black Opal
He makes as many baskets as he misses, a consistency that only a handful of NBA players can boast.
Globe and Mail (2003)
She had more to boast about than any of the other girls in her class.
Clive Barker COLDHEART CANYON (2001)
Surrounded by Irishmen, Bob would deliberately boast of his time in the British Army.
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man
The soft drinks company will offer a legal alternative to file-sharing and boast 250,000 available tracks from over 8,500 artists.
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
Today Nicholls defended his decision to boast about his hooligan activities in print.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2002)

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