Definition of brag in US English:

brag

verb

  • reporting verb Say something in a boastful manner.

    no object ‘they were bragging about how easy it had been’
    with direct speech ‘“I found them,” she bragged’
    with clause ‘he brags that he wrote 300 pages in 10 days’
    • ‘After 29 games, the Mavericks bragged they had committed the league's fewest fouls.’
    • ‘We bragged that, unlike the chemists, any physicist could teach any undergraduate physics course.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he has pledged, or perhaps bragged, that he will not kill protesters.’
    • ‘This is something they themselves have admitted, or rather bragged about on countless occasions.’
    • ‘Her husband, who bragged endearingly about her desserts, is a beekeeper.’
    • ‘She taught me how to make the best pie crust ever and often bragged to other people about the beautiful apple pies I could make.’
    • ‘This was something rare for humans in this century, something that the woman had often bragged about to her friends.’
    • ‘He bragged that the course which he claimed to be one of the best in the country, was in good shape and no excuse would be given by any golfer for failing to perform well.’
    • ‘I welched on Grandfather and I'd always bragged I never welched on anybody.’
    • ‘He later bragged that he was the only performer ever to get a complex comic scene right without needing a second take.’
    • ‘They bragged that they would introduce ‘innovation, creativity and private sector expertise’.’
    • ‘In all fairness, he also cheered, bragged, exclaimed and encouraged us as we finally got things right.’
    • ‘The younger bragged he was on eight tablets a day for angina, but the other in his late seventies swallowed 40 for various aches and pains!’
    • ‘We bragged that we hunted tigers - often finding their giant paw prints on the jungle paths.’
    • ‘People bragged about their impeccable references and newly renovated websites that would maximize their client base.’
    • ‘As a great hunter he bragged about his nighttime sharp shooting.’
    • ‘The screenplay was written in nine whole days, bragged the credits.’
    • ‘For some of his prints he bragged to have used as many as 300 hundred blocks.’
    • ‘Never before, brags Hamill, ‘have so many poets spoken in a single chorus.’’
    • ‘He bragged about his great running skill and said he could catch anything.’
    boast, crow, show off, swagger, swank, bluster, gloat, blow one's own trumpet, sing one's own praises, congratulate oneself, pat oneself on the back, preen oneself, give oneself airs
    View synonyms

noun

  • 1A gambling card game which is a simplified form of poker.

    • ‘The basic game of three card brag was one of the games described by Hoyle, and therefore dates from the late eighteenth century or earlier.’
    • ‘We used to listen to heavy metal music together, and he used to win all my pocket money playing 5 card brag.’
    • ‘Men of all walks of life clustered around the tables in the spacious downstairs to play brag, Three-Card-Monte and Chuck-a-Luck on the off chance of making a fortune.’
    • ‘At a game of three card brag at work once, I had a prial of threes (top hand) and my opponent had a prial of aces (next highest).’
  • 2in singular A boastful statement; an act of talking boastfully.

    • ‘From the time Run-D.M.C. proclaimed themselves the ‘kings of rock,’ hip-hop's house has been built on a foundation of brags and boasts.’
    • ‘Two months more of big brags and felonious facts.’
    • ‘Soon, other mountaineers visited the region, no doubt still inspired by Douglas' brag.’
    • ‘‘Girls I would like to speak to you in my room,’ - mom interrupted Penny's brags and we went up to mom's room.’
    • ‘Again, I was left wondering where the Tenerife Uncovered of bar-room brags was.’
    • ‘The other thing I notice when the English-language crews (mostly from the Gambia) turn up is that in fact the lyrics are mostly brags and disses.’
    • ‘Don't ask them - or their insurers - what they think of Guinness and his little book of brags.’

adjective

US
informal
  • attributive Excellent; first-rate.

    ‘that was my brag heifer’
    • ‘I kind of like having an outcross pedigree to all of the big "brag" bulls so I guess I don't have any incentive falsify the registration papers.’
    • ‘These pups should make excellent prospects for trialing or be true brag dogs in the future.’

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘boastful’): of unknown origin ( French braguer is recorded only later).

Pronunciation

brag

/bræɡ//braɡ/