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

  • adj. Boastful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like Thraso (a character in the play Eunuchus by Terence); boastful, bragging, vainglorious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Thraso; like, or becoming to, Thraso; bragging; boastful; vainglorious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to bragging; boasting; vainglorious.
  • Proceeding from or exhibiting ostentation; ostentatious; boasting.


After Thrasō, a character in the play Eunuchus by Terence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin from Greek Θρασων (a boastful soldier in Terence’s Eunuchus), from θρασυς ‘bold, spirited’. (Wiktionary)



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    April 7, 2008

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