- to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself.
- to speak with pride (often followed by of): He boasted of his family's wealth.
- to speak of with excessive pride or vanity: He boasts himself a genius.
- to be proud in the possession of: The town boasts a new school.
- a thing boasted of; a cause for pride: Talent is his boast. It is her boast that she has never betrayed a friend.
- exaggerated or objectionable speech; bragging: empty boasts and threats.
Origin of boast1
- to dress or shape (stone) roughly.
Origin of boast2
Examples from the Web for boast
Beer-swilling Britain and Spain now boast impressive varietals while America is challenging France with how much wine is consumed.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
The Great Lakes states, for example, boast the largest concentration of engineering jobs (more than 318,000) of any major region.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
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.Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!
October 28, 2014
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
June 30, 2014
Celebrities bang on about loving their gay fans, and boast of being camp.Streisand’s Gay Sex Problem, and the Death of the Gay Icon
May 23, 2014
You have acknowledged, that he has nothing to boast of from them.
The man, this Solmes, you may suppose, has no reason to boast of his progress with me.
We wasn't none of us much to boast of; but Dick, he went too fur.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Instead, she was inclined to boast over her ability to bamboozle men at her will.Within the Law
He should never have had to boast of the slaughter of our men.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- (intr; sometimes foll by of or about) to speak in exaggerated or excessively proud terms of one's possessions, skills, or superior qualities; brag
- (tr) to possess (something to be proud of)the city boasts a fine cathedral
- a bragging statement
- a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about
- (tr) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel
- a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
- to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke
Word Origin and History for boast
mid-13c., "arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity;" c.1300, "a brag, boastful speech," from Anglo-French bost "ostentation," probably via Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian baus "proud, bold, daring"), from Proto-Germanic *bausia "to blow up, puff up, swell" (cf. Middle High German bus "swelling," dialectal German baustern "to swell;" Middle Dutch bose, Dutch boos "evil, wicked, angry," Old High German bosi "worthless, slanderous," German böse "evil, bad, angry"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *beu-, *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2)).
The notion apparently is of being "puffed up" with pride; cf. Old English belgan "to become angry, offend, provoke," belg "anger, arrogance," from the same root as bellows and belly (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting. An Old English word for "boasting" was micelsprecende, "big talk."
early 14c., "to brag, speak arrogantly;" from the same source as boast (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting.