American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To talk boastfully. See Synonyms at boast1.
- v. To assert boastfully.
- n. A boast.
- n. Arrogant or boastful speech or manner.
- n. Something boasted of.
- n. A braggart; a boaster.
- n. Games A card game similar to poker.
- adj. Exceptionally fine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To use boastful language; speak vaingloriously of one's self or belongings; boast; vaunt: used absolutely, or followed by of, formerly sometimes by on: as, to brag of a good horse, or of a feat of arms.
- To sound, as a trumpet; blare; bray.
- To boast of.
- To blow (a trumpet).
- n. A boast or boasting; a vaunt; also, boastfulness.
- n. A thing to boast of; source of pride.
- n. A game of cards: same as poker.
- n. A bragger.
- Proud; boasting: as, “that bragge prescription,”
- Also used adverbially.
- v. To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, can do, or has done.
- n. A boast, a loud appraisal of oneself.
- n. by ellipsis The card game three card brag.
- adj. First-rate.
- adv. obsolete proudly; boastfully
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To talk about one's self, or things pertaining to one's self, in a manner intended to excite admiration, envy, or wonder; to talk boastfully; to boast; -- often followed by
- v. obsolete To boast of.
- n. A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretense or self glorification.
- n. The thing which is boasted of.
- n. A game at cards similar to bluff.
- adj. Archaic Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
- adv. obsolete Proudly; boastfully.
- adj. exceptionally good
- n. an instance of boastful talk
- v. show off
- Mid-14th c. Middle English braggen ("to make a loud noise; to speak boastfully") of unknown origin. Possibly related to the early-14th c. Middle English adjective brag ("prideful, spirited"), probably from Celtic; or Old Norse bragr ("best, foremost; poetry"); or through Old English from Old Norse braka ("to creak"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English braggen, from brag, ostentatious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Eileen gets into her uniform -- crisp yellow blouse, navy blue vest and matching military-style cap -- and brings out what she calls her "brag" board, a navy blue swath of fabric that's about 5 feet long and 3 feet wide.”
“Plus, I wouldn't dare forget the mushroom haircut, which I have to brag is not that far from that of Anna Wintour (if the lady is so fashionable, why does she have my Y2K hairdo?).”
“Government ` s inflation brag is shortlived - Says ex-Finance Minister”
“The arrest came after the suspect, Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr. of Dadeville, Ala., allegedly called in to a Birmingham-based radio show using an alias to brag about putting killer herbicides in the soil at the spot in Auburn, Ala., known as Toomer's Corner.”
“Now if Kyle wants to enable her admittedly "disheveled" sister by testing her drinks, rushing her off to fix her makeup and violently coming to her defense — as she did during last night's disastrous game night at name-dropping, price-tag brag Dana's place — fine.”
“Meanwhile, the term "humble brag" is slowly seeping into the public consciousness.”
“Cleburn's is called the brag division of Bragg's army.”
“He knew that it was in his aunt's nature to make a brag of that sort; but worse than the brag was the fact that this was the first occasion on which Christine had deigned to show her consciousness that such a marriage would be a source of pride to his relatives -- the only two he had in the world.”
“If you're having trouble seeing how the conclusion follows from the facts, start by looking up "brag" in that dictionary of yours.”
“Unfortunately, hard work does not always speak for itself and we have to learn to 'brag' a little.”
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