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.
v show off
speak in a blustering or scornful manner
crow, gloat, triumph
dwell on with satisfaction
pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
n speaking of yourself in superlatives
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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
the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
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the use of language to perform some act