1. bragging; boastful.

Origin of braggart

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

Synonyms for braggart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for braggartly


  1. a person who boasts loudly or exaggeratedly; bragger
  1. boastful

Word Origin for braggart

C16: see brag
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Word Origin and History for braggartly



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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