An example of to brag is telling your family about your great promotion and salary increase.
intransitive verbbragged, brag′ging
Origin of bragMiddle English braggen from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- boastful talk or manner
- Informal anything boasted of; boast
- a braggart
- an old card game, much like poker
- Now Rare first-rate; excellent
verbbragged, brag·ging, brags
- A boast.
- Arrogant or boastful speech.
- Games A card game similar to poker.
Origin of bragMiddle English braggen from brag ostentatious
(third-person singular simple present brags, present participle bragging, simple past and past participle bragged)
- A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretence or self-glorification.
- The thing which is boasted of.
- (by ellipsis) The card game three card brag.
(comparative bragger, superlative braggest)
- (archaic) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
- a brag young fellow
Mid-14th c. Middle English braggen (“to make a loud noise; to speak boastfully”) of unknown origin. Possibly related to the early-14th c. Middle English adjective brag (“prideful, spirited”), probably from Celtic; or Old Norse bragr (“best, foremost; poetry”); or through Old English from Old Norse braka (“to creak”).