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boast

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[ bohst ]
/ boʊst /
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verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
noun
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.
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Origin of boast

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1250–1300; Middle English bost (noun), bosten (v.), of uncertain origin

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1, 2. Boast, brag imply vocal self-praise or claims to superiority over others. Boast usually refers to a particular ability, possession, etc., that may be one of such kind as to justify a good deal of pride: He boasts of his ability as a singer. Brag, a more colloquial term, usually suggests a more ostentatious and exaggerated boasting but less well-founded: He brags loudly of his marksmanship.

OTHER WORDS FROM boast

boast·ing·ly, adverbboastless, adjective

Other definitions for boast (2 of 2)

boast2
[ bohst ]
/ boʊst /

verb (used with object) Masonry.
to dress or shape (stone) roughly.

Origin of boast

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First recorded in 1815–25; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for boast (1 of 3)

boast1
/ (bəʊst) /

verb
(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
noun
a bragging statement
a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about

Derived forms of boast

boaster, nounboasting, noun, adjectiveboastingly, adverb

Word Origin for boast

C13: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for boast (2 of 3)

boast2
/ (bəʊst) /

verb
(tr) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel

Word Origin for boast

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for boast (3 of 3)

boast3
/ (bəʊst) squash /

noun
a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall
verb
to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke

Derived forms of boast

boasted, adjective

Word Origin for boast

C19: perhaps from French bosse the place where the ball hits the wall
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