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[brag-ert] /ˈbræg ərt/
a person who does a lot of bragging.
bragging; boastful.
Origin of braggart
First recorded in 1570-80; brag + -art
Related forms
braggartism, noun
braggartly, adverb
bragger, boaster; blow-hard. Unabridged
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  • But that's that braggart, major Marvel—and a marvel he is, I can tell you!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He had the reputation of being a hard liver, and something of a braggart.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • His friend looked at him with a braggart air, and sang to himself.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He tried hard to despise the braggart, but ended with envying him.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Surely thou wouldst not have son of thine proved liar and braggart?

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • A fool, a braggart, a liar the less, but still he must leave a vacancy at the hearth!

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • An American braggart told Cooke that his family was amongst the oldest in Maryland.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
British Dictionary definitions for braggart


a person who boasts loudly or exaggeratedly; bragger
Word Origin
C16: see brag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for braggart

1570s, from French bragard (16c.), with pejorative ending (see -ard) + Middle French braguer "to flaunt, brag," perhaps originally "to show off clothes, especially breeches," from brague "breeches" (see bracket). There may be an element of codpiece-flaunting in all this.

The word in English has been at least influenced by brag (v.), even if, as some claim, it is unrelated to it. Bragger "arrogant or boastful person," agent noun from brag (v.), attested in English from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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