- 1 [reporting verb] Talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities: [no object]: she boasted about her many conquests [with clause]: he boasted that he had taken part in the crime [with direct speech]: Ted used to boast ‘I manage ten people.’More example sentences
brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back; exaggerate, overstate; preen oneself, give oneself airs
- No aristocrat worth his title would ever have boasted about his wealth and possessions.
- He has done so many successful, remarkable things and he never, ever boasted about them.
- He often boasted about his frequent trips to Paris and always insisted on picking up dinner tabs.
- 2 [with object] (Of a person, place, or thing) possess (a feature that is a source of pride): the hotel boasts high standards of comfortMore example sentences
- This location boasts the standard decor and services of a five-star hotel.
- The luxurious New Forest property boasts features from 14-carat gold painted radiators and silk tented ceilings to a space for a helicopter landing pad.
- The Buffalo City municipality boasts eco-tourism development and has certain unique features, according to Sam.
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- An act of talking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction: I said I would win and it wasn’t an idle boastMore example sentences
- It was time to forget about pride and my proud boast of being ‘always well’.
- That is not an idle boast, for the network is alive night and day with the thundering rattle of powerful locomotives and the incessant clanking of machinery in repair depots and marshalling yards.
- A prouder boast would be that it was ‘the most patriotic’.
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- This individual can also be an extravagant boaster.
- I'm sure I'd be a very good boaster, if I got the chance.
- He rather enjoyed it when things were good, but he'd just made himself a target for those people who weren't kindly inclined to boasters.
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- Although he may talk boastingly, he will be apt to show a lack of true courage when brought to the test, by not standing steadfastly for the right.
- Some boastingly thought this sort of SPAM should continue.
- The diatribe ends boastingly and bullyingly.
Middle English (as a noun): of unknown origin.
- (In squash) a stroke in which the ball is made to hit one of the side walls before hitting the front wall.More example sentences
- His favourite ploy was a backhand boast pulling Beachill to the front right corner and whatever Beachill did with that tight ball, Parke was ready.
- Lee wins it with a tight forehand drop of her own but cannot get the next point and after three service changes it's the backhand boast from Jans Burke which gives her the championship.
- Racing to a 6-0 lead in the third, Edwards moved Farrer continuously, cutting off early and using the boast to good effect.
late 19th century: perhaps from French bosse denoting a rounded projection in the wall of a court for real tennis.