from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To glorify oneself in speech; talk in a self-admiring way.
- transitive v. To speak of with excessive pride.
- transitive v. To possess or own (a desirable feature): "[the] capital of a region in the southeast that boasts bountiful coal fields” ( US Air).
- transitive v. To contain; have.
- n. The act or an instance of bragging.
- n. A source of pride.
- transitive v. To shape or form (stone) roughly with a broad chisel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brag, a loud positive appraisal of oneself.
- n. ) A shot where the ball is driven off a side wall and then strikes the front wall.
- v. to brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself
- v. ) To play a boast shot
- v. To possess something special.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To vaunt one's self; to brag; to say or tell things which are intended to give others a high opinion of one's self or of things belonging to one's self.
- intransitive v. To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
- transitive v. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
- transitive v. To display vaingloriously.
- transitive v. To possess or have.
- transitive v. To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
- transitive v. To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
- n. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.
- n. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To threaten; utter a threat.
- To brag; vaunt; speak vaingloriously or exaggeratedly, as of one's own worth, property, deeds, etc.
- To glory or exult on account (of); speak with laudable pride.
- To be possessed, as of something remarkable or admirable: often used jocosely.
- Synonyms To bluster (about), vapor, crow (about a thing, or over a person), swell, talk big, put on airs.
- To brag of; speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation: as, to boast what arms can do.
- To glory or exult in possessing; have as a source of pride: often in a jocose sense: as, the village boasts a public pump.
- To magnify or exalt; make over-confident; vaunt: with a reflexive pronoun.
- n. Clamor; outcry.
- n. Threatening; menace.
- n. Brag; vaunting; language expressive of ostentation, pride, or vanity.
- n. A cause of boasting; occasion of pride, vanity, or laudable exultation: as, Shakspere, the boast of English literature.
- n. Synonyms Vaunt, brag. See boasting.
- In masonry, to dress off the surface of a stone with a broad chisel and mallet.
- In sculpture, to reduce ornaments or other work to their general contour or form, preparatory to working out the details.
- n. In tennis, a stroke by which the ball is driven against the wall of a court at an acute angle. The rubbing against the wall makes the ball spin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. show off
- v. wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
- n. speaking of yourself in superlatives
Middle English bosten, from bost, a brag.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)