Definitions

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

  • noun One given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger.
  • adjective Boastful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Boastful; vauntingly ostentatious.
  • noun A boaster; a vaunting fellow.

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

  • adjective Boastful.
  • noun A boaster.

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

  • noun someone who boasts.

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

  • adjective exhibiting self-importance
  • noun a very boastful and talkative person

Etymologies

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

[French bragard, from braguer, to brag, perhaps from Middle English braggen; see brag.]

Examples

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  • I'm a braggart, which is a surprise, as I thought for sure I'd get the hippie.....

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  • Speaking by videophone in the Pima County Adult Detention Center, the woman prosecutors dubbed a braggart and a killer-who reportedly boasted she would "kick down doors and change America" with her border vigilante activities-maintained her innocence.

    Crooks and Liars

  • At the risk (or guarantee) of sounding like a braggart, I pretty much knew these cookies would be a total hit.

    Clinging Onto My Youth

  • To paraphrase Hemingway on "Huckleberry Finn," all baseball literature comes from one book by Ring Lardner, "You Know Me Al" 1916, the first-person account of the trials and tribulations of a shallow young bush-league braggart.

    Taking Fiction Out to the Ballgame

  • The play starred Mark Rylance as Johnny "Rooster" Byron, a beer-gurgling, barnstorming braggart who lives in a caravan deep in the Wiltshire woods, harried on one side by council officials desperate to evict him, on the other by teenagers wanting drugs.

    Dominic Cooke: a life in theatre

  • Washington told Colonel John Stanwix, his military superior, that the captured ensign declared that the garrison at Fort Duquesne counted 600 French and 200 Indians; “I believe he is a Gasconian,” a braggart, Washington said.

    George Washington’s First War

  • At the risk (or guarantee) of sounding like a braggart, I pretty much knew these cookies would be a total hit.

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  • Walpole from then on ridiculed GW, calling him a fanfaron braggart, and saying that he soon “learned to blush for his rodomontade.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • Stephen was also Scottish, thirty-three, a university-trained medical doctor, veteran of the Royal Navy, somewhat of a braggart, who made important friends when he set up practice in Virginia.

    George Washington’s First War

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  • Art acquired purely for the bragging rights, such as Faberge eggs and Klimt paintings.

    January 15, 2008

  • Citation on fribble.

    October 10, 2008