Definition of brag in English:


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Pronunciation: /brag

verb (brags, bragging, bragged)

[reporting verb]


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  • 1 [mass noun] A gambling card game which is a simplified form of poker: games of pontoon, brag, and poker
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    • The basic game of three card brag was one of the games described by Hoyle, and therefore dates from the late eighteenth century or earlier.
    • At a game of three card brag at work once, I had a prial of threes (top hand) and my opponent had a prial of aces (next highest).
    • Men of all walks of life clustered around the tables in the spacious downstairs to play brag, Three-Card-Monte and Chuck-a-Luck on the off chance of making a fortune.
  • 2A boastful statement: he was not the kind of man to make a brag
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    • Don't ask them - or their insurers - what they think of Guinness and his little book of brags.
    • ‘Girls I would like to speak to you in my room,’ - mom interrupted Penny's brags and we went up to mom's room.
    • Two months more of big brags and felonious facts.


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  • Excellent; first-rate: that was my brag heifer
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    • These pups should make excellent prospects for trialing or be true brag dogs in the future.
    • I kind of like having an outcross pedigree to all of the big "brag" bulls so I guess I don't have any incentive falsify the registration papers.



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  • He had no use for cheaters or braggers or loafers.
  • Lash a few beers into them though and they become braggers of the highest order and will admit and confess to the crimes they have committed.
  • I just don't like it when braggers such as you rub my loss in my face!


noun & adjective
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  • At times it is tedious and dry, full of political bombast and outright bragging.
  • He was, once again, the show pony, the bragging, selfish individualist who knows he's better than you and can't remind you of that often enough.
  • Pushiness and bragging is now endemic in middle-class parenting.


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  • If, instead, you ask someone, ‘What can be done to generate braggingly happy customers?’
  • The composer admitted to the effect on this work of the raw, insolent and braggingly sung songs of the French Revolution - Ça Ira and La Carmagnole.
  • On the Web site, the creators braggingly post their successful deceptions.


Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'boastful'): of unknown origin (French braguer is recorded only later).

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