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

  • n. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.
  • n. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bosten, from bost, a brag.
Origin unknown.


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