- 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 boasting
At its height in the 1920s, Terry noted, the Klan wielded real political influence, boasting a membership upwards of four million.The Klan’s Call to Violence in Ferguson Blows the Lid Off Its Hypocritical Rebrand
November 14, 2014
The foreclosure-drama is a fascinating study of greed and class warfare, boasting excellent turns by Garfield and Shannon.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
September 10, 2014
The result is a colorful circus of personal vaporizers, boasting 466 brands and over 7,000 flavors.Teens Are Huge Buyers of Flavored E-Cigs, Studies Show
June 16, 2014
Yet, in Florida there has been a documented upsurge in the Ku Klux Klan, with the group now boasting more than 1,000 members.Home-Grown, Right-Wing Terrorism: The Hate the GOP Refuses to See
June 11, 2014
They have long since been touted as medicinal fungi, boasting the ability to strengthen the immune system and lower cholesterol.Mushrooms Are Magic for Women Trying to Lose Weight
May 22, 2014
You are boasting of your merits, Sir: let merit be your boast; nothing else can attract me.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
A person was boasting that he was sprung from a high family in Ireland.
All her pride in her brother was roused, perhaps by Vincent's boasting.Audrey Craven
Englishmen are so fond of boasting of their Freedom and Independence.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
There was no note of boasting, no color of exaggeration in her manner.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
- (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 boasting
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.