verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM boastboast·ing·ly, adverbboastless, adjective
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Definition for boast (2 of 2)
verb (used with object) Masonry.
Origin of boast2
What does boast mean?
The word boast can also be used as a noun to refer to such a claim, as in He made outrageous boasts about how he once rode a shark.
People most often boast about themselves—their skills, their possessions, or the things that they have accomplished—but a person can also boast about someone else. A parent might boast about their child’s accomplishments, for example.
Someone who is known for boasting or who boasts excessively can be described as boastful.
The word boast can also mean to possess something in a way that’s considered worthy of pride, as in The school boasts a new library and gym. A product may be said to boast a certain feature, as in The new model boasts a 10-inch display. This sense of the word does not imply exaggeration or excessive pride like the primary sense of the word often does.
Example: He boasts about how good he is, but I’ve never actually seen him perform.
Where does boast come from?
The first records of the word boast come from the 1200s. It comes from the Middle English bosten, but its ultimate origin is uncertain.
People who boast are often trying to make their accomplishments or skills seem greater than they actually are. But this isn’t always the case—a person’s boasts may be true. Still, saying that a person boasts usually means that they are thought to lack humility—that they are too prideful.
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How is boast used in real life?
Boast is most often used in a somewhat negative way. It typically implies that a person is exaggerating or that they are too prideful.
"I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers." – Stephen Hawking, when asked about his IQ.
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) March 14, 2018
I’m not impressed with anyone having lots of followers or likes. I’m impressed with people who treat everyone kind & who are humble and real and don’t boast or show off & have bad attitudes.
— Kandee Johnson (@kandeejohnson) November 11, 2017
I truly hope that the little girl who came up to me in the supermarket to boast that not only did she and her sister get chocolate milk but that they were going CAMPING tomorrow has the best time
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 26, 2019
Try using boast!
Which of the following words could be used to describe someone who is known for boasting
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for boast
In 2019, it boasted that it could unlock any iPhone and most Android phones.Israeli phone hacking company faces court fight over sales to Hong Kong|Patrick O'Neill|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
While Tailwind’s filing boasts of leveraging Krim’s expertise, himself having taken a digital consumer brand public, it’s worth noting that public market investors haven’t been ebullient about his current company, Casper.Casper’s CEO is filing for a blank check company. What does he plan to buy?|Lucinda Shen|August 19, 2020|Fortune
His science and education YouTube channels boast many millions of subscribers, and he has started businesses and written books on the back of that success.TikTok made him famous. Now he’s imagining a world without it|Abby Ohlheiser|August 14, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the least successful franchises in NHL history, boasting the third-worst win percentage of the expansion era.Can The Hurricanes Win The Stanley Cup With Mediocre Goaltending?|Terrence Doyle|August 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
San Diego boasted of its perfect climate, and a lot of people moved here for their health.Suffragette City: San Diego’s Crucial Role in Getting Women the Vote|Randy Dotinga|August 6, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Beer-swilling Britain and Spain now boast impressive varietals while America is challenging France with how much wine is consumed.
The Great Lakes states, for example, boast the largest concentration of engineering jobs (more than 318,000) of any major region.
McConnell did what he did in 2005, and he was foolish enough to boast about it in public less than two weeks before an election.
The Riveters boast capos (chant leaders), tifos (giant club-support banners), drums, brass, and flags.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World|Evelyn Shoop|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both Mills and Purdy can afford whatever devices and training they want—not something the average amputee can boast.
Gilray used to boast of a way of mending a hole in a tobacco-pouch that was better than sewing.My Lady Nicotine|J. M. Barrie
For with the strict morality and ardent zeal of a Puritan he united some accomplishments of which few Puritans could boast.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
But now hear what I have ascertained—I, who do not boast either of my scruples of conscience or of my perspicacity.Wood Rangers|Mayne Reid
Every house of any note could boast of a spinning wheel and loom.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Sir John Hawkins states that Osborne used to boast that he was worth £40,000, and doubtless this was true.The Book-Hunter in London|William Roberts