Origin of brag

1350–1400; Middle English brag (noun) ostentation, arrogance, braggen (v.); of obscure origin
Related formsbrag·ging·ly, adverbbrag·less, adjectiveout·brag, verb (used with object), out·bragged, out·brag·ging.o·ver·brag, verb, o·ver·bragged, o·ver·brag·ging.un·brag·ging, adjective

Synonym study

1. See boast1.

Antonyms for brag

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Examples from the Web for bragged

Contemporary Examples of bragged

Historical Examples of bragged

  • Virtue, once bragged about, once you pride yourself upon it, ceases to be such.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • "It's easy," bragged Herman, and proceeded to demonstrate that statement.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • He set on the thwart and bragged about what he'd do when he got back to "Petey" again.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And the way they crowed and bragged about their "finds" wa'n't fit to put in the log.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He bragged indefatigably of his club and the people whom he met there.

    Young Mr. Barter's Repentance

    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for bragged


verb brags, bragging or bragged

to speak of (one's own achievements, possessions, etc) arrogantly and boastfully


boastful talk or behaviour, or an instance of this
something boasted ofhis brag was his new car
a braggart; boaster
a card game: an old form of poker
Derived Formsbragger, nounbragging, noun, adjectivebraggingly, adverb

Word Origin for brag

C13: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for bragged



mid-14c., braggen "to make a loud sound," also "to talk boastfully," of obscure origin, perhaps related to bray of a trumpet, or related to the Middle English adjective brag "ostentatious, proud; spirited, brave" (early 14c.), which probably is from Celtic. Other sources suggest Old Norse bragr "the best, the toast (of anything)," also "poetry." Also cf. braggart for another possibility. Related: Bragged; bragging.



late 14c., "pomp; arrogance, pride;" see brag (v.); the exact relationship of the forms is uncertain. Meaning "that which is boasted" is from 1530s. As a once-popular poker-like card game, from 1734.

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