Definition of humblebrag in US English:



  • An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

    ‘social media status updates are basically selfies, humblebrags, and rants’
    ‘All of the dresses I thought about wearing are too big! #humblebrag’
    • ‘Reigning Queen of the Humblebrag must have completely forgotten about her promise to become more private, because she couldn't wait to take to Twitter.’
    • ‘There's even a Twitter handle now dedicated to some of the best humble brags out there.’
    • ‘I happen to have very high quality garbage (humblebrag).’
    • ‘Others admitted that they were not above the occasional humblebrag.’
    • ‘The best humblebrags have to convey three brags in 140 characters, while simultaneously begging for sympathy.’
    • ‘What do you do when one bikini selfie and humble brag isn't enough to satisfy your craving for attention?’
    • ‘Is saying you need to keep track of six timezones a humblebrag?’
    • ‘Unrequited love will always be compelling (much more so than a love triangle, which is a humblebrag of a problem).’
    • ‘The occasional humblebrag might fly with your audiences but there's a fine line between sincerity and smugness.’
    • ‘I don't have anything against her, but this humblebrag she dropped really annoyed me.’


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  • Make an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intention of drawing attention to something of which one is proud.

    ‘she humblebragged about how “awful” she looks without any makeup’
    ‘a classic example of humblebragging’
    • ‘Every year around this time, college admissions officers can be heard humblebragging about how painful it was to reject so many qualified applicants.’
    • ‘I feel like there's a lot of humblebragging that goes on with anyone affiliated with this show.’
    • ‘Are you trying to humblebrag and/or fish for compliments?’
    • ‘The Oscars give us a chance to humblebrag about all the arty movies we saw - or just read about - this year.’
    • ‘That's not a way to humblebrag about my athletic abilities; all the high-level coaching in the world wouldn't have brought me a professional contract.’
    • ‘Why do we keep doing all this humblebragging about how busy we are?’
    • ‘Sit down, chill out, and don't humblebrag about your "high IQ" and your parents.’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that his "confessional" tweets were less about being humble and more about humblebragging.’
    • ‘I don't think she's saying this to humblebrag.’
    • ‘I won't judge you if you feel the need to humblebrag.’


Early 21st century: from humble + brag.