verbbragged, brag·ging, brags
To talk or write about oneself in a proud or self-impressed way. See Synonyms at boast1
To say (something about oneself) boastfully.
- A boast.
- Arrogant or boastful speech.
- Games A card game similar to poker.
Origin of brag
Middle English braggen from brag ostentatious
(third-person singular simple present brags, present participle bragging, simple past and past participle bragged)
- (intransitive) To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, can do, or has done.
- to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money
- To boast of.
- 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
(comparative more brag, superlative most brag)
- (obsolete) proudly; boastfully
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”).