What does boast mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boast, boasting, self-praise, jactitationverb

    speaking of yourself in superlatives

  2. boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, bluster, vaunt, gasconadeverb

    show off

  3. sport, feature, boastverb

    wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner

    "she was sporting a new hat"


  1. boastnoun

    A brag, a loud appraisal of oneself

  2. boastnoun

    A shot where the ball is driven off a side wall and then strikes the front wall

  3. boastnoun

    An oath or toast made during a ritual in Heathenry.

  4. boastverb

    to brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself

  5. boastverb

    To play a boast shot

  6. boastverb

    To possess something special.

    The hotel boasts one of the best views of the sea.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Boastnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Not Tyro, nor Mycene, match her name,
    Nor great Alcmena, the proud boasts of fame. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

    Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? Rom. ii. 23.

    The world is more apt to find fault than to commend; the boast will probably be censured, when the great action that occasioned it, is forgotten. Spectator, №. 255.

  2. To Boastverb

    For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed. 2 Cor. vii. 14.

    If they vouchsafed to give god the praise of his goodness; yet they did it only, in order to boast the interest they had in him. Francis Atterbury.

    They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches. Psalm xlix. 6.

    Confounded be all them that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols. Psalm xcvii. 7.

  3. To BOASTverb

    Etymology: bôst, Welch.

    For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia. 2 Cor. ix. 2.

    Some surgeons I have met, carrying bones about in their pockets, boasting in that which was their shame. Richard Wiseman.

    Thus with your mouth you have boasted against me, and multiplied your words against me. Ezek. xxxv. 13.


  1. boast

    Boasting or bragging is speaking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities. Boasting occurs when someone feels a sense of satisfaction or when someone feels that whatever occurred proves their superiority and is recounting accomplishments so that others will feel admiration or envy.Individuals construct an image of themselves, a personal identity, and present themselves in a manner that is consistent with that image. Theodore Millon theorized that in self-presentation, individuals seek to balance boasting against discrediting themselves with excessive self-promotion or being caught blatantly misrepresenting themselves. Studies show that people often have a limited ability to perceive how their efforts at self-presentation are actually impacting their acceptance and likeability by others.


  1. boast

    Boast refers to the act of speaking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities. It can also be a statement expressing such pride or self-satisfaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boastverb

    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; as, to boast of one's exploits courage, descent, wealth

  2. Boastverb

    to speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult

  3. Boastverb

    to display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol

  4. Boastverb

    to display vaingloriously

  5. Boastverb

    to possess or have; as, to boast a name

  6. Boastverb

    to dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel

  7. Boastverb

    to shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required

  8. Boastnoun

    act of boasting; vaunting or bragging

  9. Boastnoun

    the cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boast

    bōst, v.i. to talk vaingloriously: to brag (with of),—v.t. to brag of: speak proudly or confidently of, esp. justifiably: to magnify or exalt one's self.—n. an expression of pride: a brag: the cause of boasting.—adj. Boast′ful, given to brag.—adv. Boast′fully.—ns. Boast′fulness, Boast′ing, ostentatious display: vaunting.—adj. Boast′less, without boasting; simple, unostentatious. [M. E. bost, of doubtful origin; apparently W. bostio, Gael. bòsd, a bragging, are borrowed.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOAST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Boast is ranked #64054 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Boast surname appeared 311 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Boast.

    68.1% or 212 total occurrences were White.
    21.2% or 66 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.5% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boast' in Verbs Frequency: #981

Anagrams for boast »

  1. sabot

  2. basto

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of boast in a Sentence

  1. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.

  2. Ferdinand Foch:

    None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

  3. Owen Labrie:

    I wanted to boast to my friends afterward. I misled them.

  4. Dennis Waterman:

    I'm so grateful to have been a friend of this wonderful man. We worked together for many years and my boast is that we laughed all day every day.

  5. George W. Foote:

    It will yet be the proud boast of women that they never contributed a line to the Bible.

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