given to or characterized by boasting.

Origin of boastful

First recorded in 1275–1325, boastful is from the Middle English word bostful. See boast1, -ful
Related formsboast·ful·ly, adverbboast·ful·ness, nouno·ver·boast·ful, adjectiveo·ver·boast·ful·ly, adverbo·ver·boast·ful·ness, nounun·boast·ful, adjectiveun·boast·ful·ly, adverbun·boast·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for boastful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for boastful

Contemporary Examples of boastful

Historical Examples of boastful

  • He turned to the father, and spoke with an air of boastful good nature.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • “I am a night cabby, I am,” he whispered, with a sort of boastful exasperation.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • His boastful accents died away into a mumble: "Dunno what I should do."

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • False and boastful conceits and phrases mount upwards and take their place.

  • "Unaided I walked here from the house," he informed her with a boastful air.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for boastful



tending to boast; characterized by boasting
Derived Formsboastfully, adverbboastfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for boastful

early 14c., from boast (n.) + -ful. Related: Boastfully; boastfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper