Boast definition

bōst
To say (something about oneself) in a proud or self-admiring way.
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To talk or write about oneself or something related to oneself in a proud or self-admiring way.
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The act or an instance of boasting.

Got tired of listening to his boasts.

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To have or possess (a desirable feature).

A mall that boasts 80 shops.

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To glory in having or doing (something); be proud of.

The town boasts a fine new library.

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The definition of boast means to brag about oneself or have something.

An example of boast is a sales person gloating about how many sales they made in a month.

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A brag, a loud positive appraisal of oneself.
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To boast about.
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(squash (sport)) A shot where the ball is driven off a side wall and then strikes the front wall.
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(intransitive) To brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself.
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To speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
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(squash (sport)) To play a boast shot.
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(ergative) To possess something special.

The hotel boasts one of the best views of the sea.

His family boasted a famous name.

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(masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.

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(sculpting) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
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A source of pride.
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To talk proudly about deeds, abilities, etc., either one's own or those of someone close to one, esp. in a manner showing too much pride and satisfaction; brag.
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To shape or form (stone) roughly with a broad chisel.
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(archaic) To be vainly proud; exult.
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The act of one who boasts.
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Anything boasted of.
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To do preliminary shaping on (sculpture, stonework, etc.) with a broad chisel.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
boast
Plural:
boasts

Origin of boast

  • Middle English bosten from bost a brag

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English boosten, bosten, from bost (“boast, glory, noise, arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity”), probably of North Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *bausuz (“inflated, swollen, puffed up, proud, arrogant, bad”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bew- (“to blow, inflate, swell”). Cognate with Scots bost, boist (“to threaten, brag, boast”), Anglo-Norman bost ("ostentation"; < Germanic). Related to Norwegian baus (“proud, bold, daring”), German dialectal baustern (“to swell”), German böse (“evil, bad, angry”), Dutch boos (“evil, wicked, angry”), West Frisian boas (“bad, wicked, angry, shrewd, clever”). Compare also Norwegian dialectal bausta, busta (“to rush onward, make a noise”).

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