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Meaning of BOAST

Pronunciation:  bowst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  speaking of yourself in superlatives
  2. [v]  show off
  3. [v]  wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; "she was sporting a new hat"

BOAST is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blow, bluster, boasting, brag, feature, gas, gasconade, jactitation, self-praise, shoot a line, sport, swash, tout, vaunt
 See Also: amplify, bluster, brag, braggadocio, bragging, crow, crow, crowing, exaggerate, gloat, have, hyerbolise, hyperbolize, line-shooting, magnify, overdraw, overstate, puff, rhodomontade, rodomontade, self-assertion, speech act, triumph, vaporing, vaunt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Boast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Boasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Boasting}.] [OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n.,
    noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten,
    Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. p["o]sa to swell; or W.
    bostio to boast, bost boast, Gael. bosd. But these last may
    be from English.]
    1. 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.
             By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
             yourselves: . . not of works, lest any man should
             boast.                                --Eph. ii. 8,
    2. To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to
             In God we boast all the day long.     --Ps. xliv. 8
    Syn: To brag; bluster; vapor; crow; talk big.
  2. \Boast\, v. t.
    1. To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with
       pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to
       self-commendation; to extol.
             Lest bad men should boast Their specious deeds.
    2. To display vaingloriously.
    3. To possess or have; as, to boast a name.
    {To boast one's self}, to speak with unbecoming confidence
       in, and approval of, one's self; -- followed by of and the
       thing to which the boasting relates. [Archaic]
             Boast not thyself of to-morrow.       --Prov. xxvii.
  3. \Boast\, v. t. [Of uncertain etymology.]
    1. (Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
    2. (Sculp.) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer
       work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
  4. \Boast\, n.
    1. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.
             Reason and morals? and where live they most, In
             Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast! --Byron.
    2. The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, --
       sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.
             The boast of historians.              --Macaulay.
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