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boaster

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[ boh-ster ]
/ ˈboʊ stər /
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noun

a person who boasts or brags.

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Origin of boaster

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Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at boast1, -er1

Definition for boaster (2 of 2)

boaster2
[ boh-ster ]
/ ˈboʊ stər /

noun Masonry.

a chisel for boasting stone.

Origin of boaster

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First recorded in 1875–80; boast2 + -er1
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What does boaster mean?

A boaster is someone who is known for boastingbragging, especially in a way that exaggerates or shows excessive pride about the boaster’s skills, possessions, or accomplishments.

The word boast can also be used as a noun to refer to such a claim, as in He was a boaster who was known for his outrageous boasts—like about how he once rode a shark.

Boasters most often boast about themselves—their skills, their possessions, or the things that they have accomplished—but a boaster can also boast about someone else. A parent might be called a boaster because they constantly boast about their child’s accomplishments, for example.

A boaster can be described as boastful.

Example: Don’t be such a boaster—try to have a little humility.

Where does boaster come from?

The first records of the word boaster come from around 1300. Its base word, the verb boast, comes from the Middle English bosten, but its ultimate origin is uncertain.

People who are considered boasters are often trying to make their accomplishments or skills seem greater than they actually are. But this isn’t always the case—a boaster’s boasts may be true. Still, saying that a person is a boaster usually means that they are thought to lack humility—that they are too prideful.

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How is boaster used in real life?

Boaster is not all that commonly used. When it is, it is typically used in a negative way.

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Which of the following words could be used to describe someone who’s considered a boaster?

A. braggadocious

B. prideful

C. conceited

D. all of the above

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