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brag

Syllabification: brag
Pronunciation: /braɡ
 
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Definition of brag in English:

verb (brags, bragging, bragged)

[reporting verb]
Say in a boastful manner: [with direct speech]: “I found them,” she bragged [with clause]: he brags that he wrote 300 pages in 10 days [no object]: they were bragging about how easy it had been
More example sentences
  • People bragged about their impeccable references and newly renovated websites that would maximize their client base.
  • As a great hunter he bragged about his nighttime sharp shooting.
  • He later bragged that he was the only performer ever to get a complex comic scene right without needing a second take.
Synonyms
boast, crow, swagger, swank, bluster, gloat, show off;
blow one's own horn, sing one's own praises
informal talk big, bloviate, lay it on thick

noun

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1A gambling card game that is a simplified form of poker.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [in singular] A boastful statement; an act of talking boastfully.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

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Excellent; first-rate: that was my brag heifer
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

bragger

1
noun
Example sentences
  • 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!

braggingly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • 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.

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