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
  1. verb
    talk about oneself with excessive pride or self-regard
    synonyms: blow, bluster, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
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    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
  2. verb
    possess or display some desirable feature
    synonyms: feature, sport
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    type of:
    feature, have
    have as a feature
  3. noun
    speaking of yourself in superlatives
    synonyms: boasting, jactitation, self-praise
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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
    extravagant self-praise
    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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