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

  • intransitive v. To talk boastfully. See Synonyms at boast1.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The card game three card brag.
  • adj. First-rate.
  • adv. proudly; boastfully

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive 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 of.
  • transitive v. 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. Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
  • adv. Proudly; boastfully.

from The 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.
  • n.

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

  • adj. exceptionally good
  • n. an instance of boastful talk
  • v. show off

Etymologies

Middle English braggen, from brag, ostentatious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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");[2] or through Old English from Old Norse braka ("to creak").[3] (Wiktionary)

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