Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English bosten, from bost, a brag.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Not only does the title boast 90 micro games, there is also the ability to create your own unique games.

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  • Over fifty chefs, and the only Asian/Pacific Islander face you can boast is Morimoto?

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  • What it doesn't so readily boast is the horrific killings that occurred in Pine Deep some thirty years ago.

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  • Those universities that today boast-forgive me for the word boast-of training scientists were, for many years, producers of professors for the universities themselves.

    Castro Addresses Science Workers Congress

  • We must not, under any conditions, lose our place in what I have called the "imperial community" of universities and drift, in a general haze of supine benevolence, into a large, impersonal institution whose chief boast is that it is the biggest in the Commonwealth.

    The University and the City

  • Gloucester, to persuade your king to stop this bloodshed; for it is no vain boast to declare, that he may bury Scotland beneath her slaughtered sons, but they never will again consent to acknowledge any right in an usurper.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • But the love of show, the vain boast of appearing richer and better-dressed than our neighbours, too often involves the emigrant's family in debt, from which they are seldom able to extricate themselves without sacrificing the means which would have secured their independence.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • It has indeed some tolerable streets and a few good houses; but her boast is in the Indian cottages – all so clean and snug, and tasteful, and buried in fruit trees.

    Life in Mexico, During a Residence of Two Years in That Country

  • Eat Sleep Sport United star makes title boast - 1 hr ago

    BBC - Ouch

  • I can see past the decision of this House, either for me or against me; but whether it be for me or against me, I know (and it is no vain boast for me to say so, for even my enemies will admit that I am no boaster) that there does not exist in this country, a man who has given more of his time, more of his heart, more of his wealth, or more of his intellect and power, such as they may be! for the good of this Dominion of Canada.

    Dominion of Canada Day Luncheon

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