Definitions for: Boast


[n] speaking of yourself in superlatives
[v] show off
[v] wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; "she was sporting a new hat"



Webster (1913) Definition: Boast, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Boasted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Boasting.] [OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n.,
noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten,
Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. p["o]sa to swell; or W.
bostio to boast, bost boast, Gael. bosd. But these last may
be from English.]
1. To vaunt one's self; to brag; to say or tell things which
are intended to give others a high opinion of one's self
or of things belonging to one's self; as, to boast of
one's exploits courage, descent, wealth.

By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: . . not of works, lest any man should
boast. --Eph. ii. 8,
9.

2. To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to
exult.

In God we boast all the day long. --Ps. xliv. 8

Syn: To brag; bluster; vapor; crow; talk big.


Boast, v. t.
1. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with
pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to
self-commendation; to extol.

Lest bad men should boast Their specious deeds.
--Milton.

2. To display vaingloriously.

3. To possess or have; as, to boast a name.

To boast one's self, to speak with unbecoming confidence
in, and approval of, one's self; -- followed by of and the
thing to which the boasting relates. [Archaic]

Boast not thyself of to-morrow. --Prov. xxvii.
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Boast, v. t. [Of uncertain etymology.]
1. (Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
--Weale.

2. (Sculp.) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer
work to follow; to cut to the general form required.


Boast, n.
1. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.

Reason and morals? and where live they most, In
Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast! --Byron.

2. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, --
sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.

The boast of historians. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: blow, bluster, boasting, brag, feature, gas, gasconade, jactitation, self-praise, shoot a line, sport, swash, tout, vaunt

See Also: amplify, bluster, brag, braggadocio, bragging, crow, crow, crowing, exaggerate, gloat, have, hyerbolise, hyperbolize, line-shooting, magnify, overdraw, overstate, puff, rhodomontade, rodomontade, self-assertion, speech act, triumph, vaporing, vaunt

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