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  1. a person who does a lot of bragging.
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  1. bragging; boastful.
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Origin of braggart

First recorded in 1570–80; brag + -art
Related formsbrag·gart·ism, nounbrag·gart·ly, adverb

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Historical Examples of braggart

  • But that's that braggart, major Marvel—and a marvel he is, I can tell you!

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • He had the reputation of being a hard liver, and something of a braggart.

  • His friend looked at him with a braggart air, and sang to himself.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He tried hard to despise the braggart, but ended with envying him.

    Tales From Two Hemispheres

    Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen

  • Surely thou wouldst not have son of thine proved liar and braggart?

British Dictionary definitions for braggart


  1. a person who boasts loudly or exaggeratedly; bragger
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  1. boastful
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Word Origin for braggart

C16: see brag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for braggart


1570s, from French bragard (16c.), with pejorative ending (see -ard) + Middle French braguer "to flaunt, brag," perhaps originally "to show off clothes, especially breeches," from brague "breeches" (see bracket). There may be an element of codpiece-flaunting in all this.

The word in English has been at least influenced by brag (v.), even if, as some claim, it is unrelated to it. Bragger "arrogant or boastful person," agent noun from brag (v.), attested in English from late 14c.

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