boast

When you boast you are bragging about yourself and your accomplishments (or maybe those of your family), often to the boredom and annoyance of your audience.

Used as either a noun or a verb, boast usually suggests exaggeration, vanity, or pride. Along those lines, English poet Sir Thomas Overbury, who died in 1613, once said, "The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato — the best part underground." However, the word can also be used in a positive way: a town can boast a new library, or a school can boast a high graduation rate.

DEFINITIONS OF: boast

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v show off

Synonyms:
blow, bluster, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
Types:
puff
speak in a blustering or scornful manner
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
congratulate, preen
pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
Type of:
amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth

v wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner

Synonyms:
feature, sport
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

n speaking of yourself in superlatives

Synonyms:
boasting, jactitation, self-praise
Types:
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brag, bragging, crow, crowing, gasconade, line-shooting, vaporing
an instance of boastful talk
bluster, braggadocio, rhodomontade, rodomontade
vain and empty boasting
vaunt
extravagant self-praise
self-assertion
the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
Type of:
speech act
the use of language to perform some act
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