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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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Examples from the Web for boastfully
Historical Examples
  • A voice somewhere behind him said boastfully, "He's game for my bag."

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • Long had the British boastfully claimed the title of monarch of the seas.

  • "There's no fear of that, Mrs. Gray," replied Miriam boastfully.

  • "I'd save it towards a motorcycle," declared Billiard boastfully.

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • boastfully, they sent us newsreels of their entries into Portland and Seattle.

  • "I have three dollars," she added, trying not to say it boastfully.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • "I am a practical farmer," he said, boastfully, at one meeting.

  • He also boastfully said, that "Jackson knew him, and was afraid of him."

    The Seventh Regiment George L. Wood
  • Hell have a hot time slipping us, the other boy said boastfully.

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • But I would by no means have you think that this is said boastfully.

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for boastfully


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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