Definition of boastful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbōs(t)fəl/


Showing excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.
Example sentences
  • As I've said before, I don't want to put up pictures, because it seems boastful and ostentatious.
  • Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense.
  • Plato describes him as a vain man being both arrogant and boastful, having a wide but superficial knowledge.
bragging, swaggering, bumptious, puffed up, full of oneself;
cocky, conceited, arrogant, egotistical
informal swanky, big-headed, blowhard
literary vainglorious



Pronunciation: /ˈbōs(t)fəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘Well,’ I replied, boastfully, ‘you missed me wrestling a shark.’
  • I boastfully mentioned how we've avoided illness so far this winter.
  • I'm boastfully posting a picture showing my storage system AND my new perm.


Pronunciation: /ˈbōs(t)fəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • In love you have patience, kindness, the absence of jealousy, pride and boastfulness.
  • It contrives to combine boastfulness, ignorance, insecurity and hostility in ample and self-reinforcing measures.
  • They must choose between a brash boastfulness and a considered confidence that speaks to the convictions of people everywhere.

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Syllabification: boast·ful

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