I. noun Etymology: Middle English boost Date: 14th century 1. the act or an instance of boasting ; brag 2. a cause for pride • boastful adjectiveboastfully adverbboastfulness noun II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to puff oneself up in speech ; speak vaingloriously 2. archaic glory, exult transitive verb 1. to speak of or assert with excessive pride 2. a. to possess and often call attention to (something that is a source of pride) <
boasts a new stadium
b. have, contain <
a room boasting no more than a desk and a chair
boaster noun Synonyms: boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration <
boasts of every trivial success
, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride <
the town boasts one of the best museums in the area
. brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself <
bragging of their exploits
. vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag <
vaunted his country's military might
. crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging <
crowed after winning the championship
. III. transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1823 to shape (stone) roughly in sculpture and stonecutting as a preliminary to finer work

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • boast — boast1 [bōst] vt. [< ?] to do preliminary shaping on (sculpture, stonework, etc.) with a broad chisel boast2 [bōst] vi. [ME bosten < bost, n. < Anglo Fr; prob. via Gmc * bausia (cf. Norw baus, bold, haughty), ult. < IE * bhōu , var.… …   English World dictionary

  • Boast — Boast, v. t. [Of uncertain etymology.] 1. (Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel. Weale. [1913 Webster] 2. (Sculp.) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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