Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To talk or write about oneself in a proud or self-impressed way. synonym: boast.
  • intransitive verb To say (something about oneself) boastfully.
  • noun A boast.
  • noun Arrogant or boastful speech.
  • noun Games A card game similar to poker.
  • adjective Exceptionally fine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Proud; boasting: as, “that bragge prescription,”
  • Also used adverbially.
  • 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).
  • noun A boast or boasting; a vaunt; also, boastfulness.
  • noun A thing to boast of; source of pride.
  • noun A game of cards: same as poker.
  • noun A bragger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Proudly; boastfully.
  • noun A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretense or self glorification.
  • noun The thing which is boasted of.
  • noun A game at cards similar to bluff.
  • intransitive verb 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 of.
  • adjective Archaic Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
  • transitive verb obsolete To boast of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, can do, or has done.
  • noun A boast, a loud appraisal of oneself.
  • noun by ellipsis The card game three card brag.
  • adjective First-rate.
  • adverb obsolete proudly; boastfully

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective exceptionally good
  • noun an instance of boastful talk
  • verb show off

Etymologies

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

[Middle English braggen, from brag, ostentatious.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?).

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  • Government ` s inflation brag is shortlived - Says ex-Finance Minister

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  • Meanwhile, the term "humble brag" is slowly seeping into the public consciousness.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Cleburn's is called the brag division of Bragg's army.

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  • 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.

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