Verb boast Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(intransitive) To brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself. (transitive) To speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol. (obsolete) To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult. (squash (sport)) To play a boast shot. (ergative) To possess something special.

More definition: speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself. speak with pride (often followed by of), He boasted of his family's wealth. speak of with excessive pride or vanity, He boasts himself a genius. be proud in the possession of, The town boasts a new school.

5.a thing boasted of; a cause for pride, Talent is his boast. It is her boast that she has never betrayed a friend.

6.exaggerated or objectionable speech; bragging, empty boasts and threats. dress or shape (stone) roughly.

1. (intransitive; sometimes foll by of or about) to speak in exaggerated or excessively proud terms of one's possessions, skills, or superior qualities; brag

2. (transitive) to possess (something to be proud of), the city boasts a fine cathedral noun

3. a bragging statement

4. a possession, attribute, attainment, etc, that is or may be bragged about Derived Formsboaster, nounboasting, noun, adjectiveboastingly, adverb Word OriginC13, of uncertain origin boast2 /bəʊst/ verb
1. (transitive) to shape or dress (stone) roughly with a broad chisel Word OriginC19, of unknown origin boast3 /bəʊst/ noun
1. a stroke in which the ball is hit on to one of the side walls before hitting the front wall verb

2. to hit (the ball) in this way or make such a stroke Derived Formsboasted, adjective Word OriginC19, perhaps from French bosse the place where the ball hits the wallCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-13c., "arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity;" c.1300, "a brag, boastful speech," from Anglo-French bost "ostentation," probably via Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian baus "proud, bold, daring"), from Proto-Germanic *bausia "to blow up, puff up, swell" (cf. Middle High German bus "swelling," dialectal German baustern "to swell;" Middle Dutch bose, Dutch boos "evil, wicked, angry," Old High German bosi "worthless, slanderous," German böse "evil, bad, angry"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *beu-, *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2)).The notion apparently is of being "puffed up" with pride; cf. Old English belgan "to become angry, offend, provoke," belg "anger, arrogance," from the same root as bellows and belly (n.). Related, Boasted; boasting. An Old English word for "boasting" was micelsprecende, "big talk."
early 14c., "to brag, speak arrogantly;" from the same source as boast (n.). Related, Boasted; boasting.


The priesthoods of Shiloh and Dan could boast of an illustrious origin (I Sam.

Roger Bacon - or more probably some one who usurped his name - declared that with a certain amount of the philosopher's stone he could transmute a million times as much base metal into gold, and on Raimon Lull was fathered the boast, " Mare tingerem si mercurius esset."

Newton's Hypotheses non fingo was a proud boast, but it rests upon an entire misconception of the capacities of the mind of man in dealing with external nature.

It was his just boast to have transformed mechanics (defined by him as a "geometry of four dimensions") into a branch of analysis, and to have exhibited the so-called mechanical "principles" as simple results of the calculus.

With a depth of 4030 fathoms. The Eastern Atlantic Trough cannot boast of such great depths though the Peake Deep with 3284 fathoms sinks abruptly from the Azores Plateau in 43° 9' N., 1 9° 45' W., and several soundings exceeding 2700 fathoms have been obtained in the Bay of Biscay east of the meridian of 5° E.

It was her boast that she was as "frank and original as any Englishman."

There was another famous artist whose name was Parrhasius. [Footnote: Parrhasius (_pro_. pa ra'shl us).] When he heard of the boast which Zeuxis had made, he said to himself, "I will see what I can do."

If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself; and my shortcomings and inconsistencies do not affect the truth of my statement.

We boast that we belong to the Nineteenth Century and are making the most rapid strides of any nation.

"So in your parts, too, the harvest is nothing to boast of, Count?" he went on, continuing the conversation they had begun.

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