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[bohst-fuh l] /ˈboʊst fəl/
given to or characterized by boasting.
Origin of boastful
First recorded in 1275-1325, boastful is from the Middle English word bostful. See boast1, -ful
Related forms
boastfully, adverb
boastfulness, noun
overboastful, adjective
overboastfully, adverb
overboastfulness, noun
unboastful, adjective
unboastfully, adverb
unboastfulness, noun
conceited, cocky, pompous, cocksure, vainglorious, egotistical. Unabridged
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  • He turned to the father, and spoke with an air of boastful good nature.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “I am a night cabby, I am,” he whispered, with a sort of boastful exasperation.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • His boastful accents died away into a mumble: "Dunno what I should do."

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • False and boastful conceits and phrases mount upwards and take their place.

    The Republic Plato
  • "Unaided I walked here from the house," he informed her with a boastful air.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for boastful


tending to boast; characterized by boasting
Derived Forms
boastfully, adverb
boastfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for boastful

early 14c., from boast (n.) + -ful. Related: Boastfully; boastfulness.

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