Main definitions of boast in English

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boast1

verb

  • 1[reporting verb] Talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one's achievements, possessions, or abilities.

    [with direct speech] ‘Ted used to boast, “I manage ten people”’
    [with clause] ‘he boasted that he had taken part in the crime’
    [no object] ‘she boasted about her many conquests’
    • ‘Harold loved to boast about the achievements of his family members from his great grandchildren, of which he had ten, to his own children.’
    • ‘Singh had even boasted about breaking his court order, so his arrest should have not been a surprise to anyone.’
    • ‘He has done so many successful, remarkable things and he never, ever boasted about them.’
    • ‘In fact Burns rather overdid the drams when he boasted about his boozing.’
    • ‘A very modest man he never boasted of his fine abilities, but helped everybody.’
    • ‘Our reforming party had a proud record of social service and we boasted about it.’
    • ‘No aristocrat worth his title would ever have boasted about his wealth and possessions.’
    • ‘Had sales momentum been maintained, Real would surely have boasted about it.’
    • ‘Justin Woods doesn't like to boast about his culinary achievements - so let me do it for him.’
    • ‘He often boasted about his frequent trips to Paris and always insisted on picking up dinner tabs.’
    • ‘They will have told someone about it, perhaps even boasted about it.’
    • ‘His philosophy in being an official was to gain the good opinion of his superiors by boasting about his achievements.’
    • ‘Evan was beginning to learn how to wield a short sword and boasted about his strength and speed.’
    • ‘He never boasted of his achievements and in fact he refused a knighthood which was offered to him in 1847.’
    • ‘Every day in school, he would boast about his achievements in sports and Mensa.’
    • ‘He seemed to be a man of few words, and did not care to boast about his military achievements.’
    • ‘He boasted about how police had failed to capture the killer.’
    • ‘We compared notes, boasted about the number we had consumed and crossed our hearts to confirm that what we told was the truth.’
    • ‘He is the one who boasted about having smoked before anyone else in the class.’
    • ‘A decline in education quality have made students less inclined to boast about achievements.’
    brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back
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  • 2[with object] (of a person, place, or thing) possess (a feature that is a source of pride)

    ‘the hotel boasts high standards of comfort’
    • ‘Both cities boast a vibrant and thriving business community, featuring many car dealerships, retail stores and restaurants.’
    • ‘The Atlanta area boasts a thriving business marketplace as well as a very strong arts community.’
    • ‘Probably the first of its kind in China, the park boasts an inner area of 3,000 square metres and hosts over 200 types of insects and reptiles.’
    • ‘The town now boasts the Harlequin shopping centre.’
    • ‘The area boasts the site of the 11 th-century Battle of Cruden, which saw King Malcolm defend Scotland from Viking invaders.’
    • ‘It is doubtful that any other area of the country boasts a league with so many teams and players.’
    • ‘Southeast of Cleveland, the town boasts the world's fourth-largest Amish settlement.’
    • ‘Few other cities can boast such a location, in the midst of one of the most concentrated and historic rail works in the world.’
    • ‘This city boasts a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and a sense of creativity.’
    • ‘This location boasts the standard decor and services of a five-star hotel.’
    • ‘In fact the city boasts the world's first and longest car-free pedestrian street, known as the Stroget.’
    • ‘The luxurious New Forest property boasts features from 14-carat gold painted radiators and silk tented ceilings to a space for a helicopter landing pad.’
    • ‘Although the county boasts some of the best educational standards in the country, it has still been set challenging improvement targets.’
    • ‘The city boasts a strong European flavor, with cobbled streets, chic restaurants and a lively atmosphere.’
    • ‘The small village of Rincon area boasts several world class waves, including Trés Palmas.’
    • ‘The Central New York region boasts a highly eclectic butter sculpture collection at the Fairgrounds.’
    • ‘For example, their latest motherboards boast features like built-in wireless capabilities and a whole host of software to recover the worst computer crashes.’
    • ‘The house boasts such features as walls constructed from straw bales.’
    • ‘The park also boasts a chillingly effective World Extinct Wildlife Cemetery to illustrate the plight of endangered species.’
    • ‘The Buffalo City municipality boasts eco-tourism development and has certain unique features, according to Sam.’
    possess, have, own, enjoy, pride itself on, pride oneself on, be the proud owner of
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noun

  • An act of talking with excessive pride and self-satisfaction.

    ‘I said I would score, and it wasn't an idle boast’
    • ‘It is our proud boast that we have the highest number of spaces in Greater Manchester, outside of the city.’
    • ‘Both claim to have never been beaten at the bar, but that is soon to become an idle boast for one of them.’
    • ‘That is not an idle boast, for the network is alive night and day with the thundering rattle of powerful locomotives and the incessant clanking of machinery in repair depots and marshalling yards.’
    • ‘For long enough, it was his perhaps his proudest boast.’
    • ‘Their proud boast is that they have just spent £40,000 on every bedroom in the place, and they've made sure you can see where every penny went.’
    • ‘The cover of David Kuo's new book describes him as an internet goliath, and for once this is not an idle boast.’
    • ‘The proud boast is that they have ‘The best steaks and ribs in the kingdom’.’
    • ‘His proud boast was that he could not turn on a television anywhere in the world without seeing a film being broadcast that he had helped make.’
    • ‘It was time to forget about pride and my proud boast of being ‘always well’.’
    • ‘A prouder boast would be that it was ‘the most patriotic’.’
    • ‘Of course, he meant that as a proud boast, not a confession of ignorance.’
    • ‘Hard as that is, follow their lead and you'll soon discover those ornate menu descriptions aren't idle boasts.’
    • ‘When Lemerre said he could select two teams who would be among the finest around it was not the idle boast of a manager misleading himself about the assets at his disposal.’
    • ‘His proudest boast as a businessman was undoubtedly that he published the first picture postcard of York in 1893.’
    • ‘The five-star resort's proud boast is that it has no fewer than 42 swimming pools artfully woven into its maze of rooms, apartments and villas.’
    • ‘But this is an idle boast if police are forced to abandon one set of law breakers to chase after another.’
    • ‘It has been a proud boast of our law for centuries that it punishes people for what it is proven they have done, not for what some authority or expert theorises they might want to do.’
    • ‘However, it's the proud boast of their publicity that literally everything is imported from Italy, a fact which is reflected in the pricing.’
    • ‘For years his proudest boast has been that while others have criticised his growth forecasts, he has ended up having the last laugh.’
    • ‘Bartley once said that his proudest boast was that he produced an editorial page that actually sold newspapers.’
    brag, self-praise
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Origin

Middle English (as a noun): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

boast

/bōst/

Main definitions of boast in English

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boast2

noun

  • (in squash) a stroke in which the ball is made to hit one of the sidewalls before hitting the front wall.

    • ‘Lee wins it with a tight forehand drop of her own but cannot get the next point and after three service changes it's the backhand boast from Jans Burke which gives her the championship.’
    • ‘Parke made an error on a backhand boast, which gave Nicol a window and he hauled himself up to hit four winners to get to 8-12.’
    • ‘His favourite ploy was a backhand boast pulling Beachill to the front right corner and whatever Beachill did with that tight ball, Parke was ready.’
    • ‘Racing to a 6-0 lead in the third, Edwards moved Farrer continuously, cutting off early and using the boast to good effect.’
    • ‘Barker demonstrated his state of mind with a backhand boast into the tin to close out the 11 minute game.’

Origin

Late 19th century: perhaps from French bosse denoting a rounded projection in the wall of a court for court tennis.

Pronunciation:

boast

/bōst/