- 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 boasted
It boasted a star-studded cast, including Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, but ended up being pretty boring.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
December 7, 2014
Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
As the Dish noted recently, country music once boasted a wide array of complex and diverse political opinions.Is This Country Star the New Wendy Davis?
November 8, 2014
Victorious Republican Gov. Nathan Deal boasted of his progress in reducing the number of incarcerated black men in Georgia.How’d the GOP Win? By Running Left
November 6, 2014
Onstage at the 92nd Street Y, Schmidt boasted: “At the end of the day, we won.”Stephen Colbert Vs. ‘Schmidthead’: Google Chairman Faces Off With Comic Nemesis
September 24, 2014
This boasted power of intellect—this giddy triumph of beauty—what do they do for you?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She had boasted to him once of having learned to smoke at school.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
We have known and boasted all along that they were the principles of a liberated mankind.
I have boasted that I was once in love before:—and indeed I thought I was.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"He's afraid of me," boasted Reddy in a purposely loud tone.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (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 boasted
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.