boast

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boast show off
    • v boast wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner "she was sporting a new hat"
    • n boast speaking of yourself in superlatives
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honolulu, Hawaii boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America
    • Boast Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging. "Reason and morals? and where live they most,
      In Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast !"
    • Boast The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation. "The boast of historians."
    • Boast 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."
    • Boast To display vaingloriously.
    • Boast (Masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
    • Boast To possess or have; as, to boast a name. "Boast not thyself of to-morrow."
    • Boast (Sculp) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.
    • Boast To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult. "In God we boast all the day long."
    • Boast 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lake Nicaragua boasts the only fresh-water sharks in the entire world
    • boast To threaten; utter a threat.
    • boast To brag; vaunt; speak vaingloriously or exaggeratedly, as of one's own worth, property, deeds, etc.
    • boast To glory or exult on account (of); speak with laudable pride.
    • boast To be possessed, as of something remarkable or admirable: often used jocosely.
    • boast Synonyms To bluster (about), vapor, crow (about a thing, or over a person), swell, talk big, put on airs.
    • boast To brag of; speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation: as, to boast what arms can do.
    • boast To glory or exult in possessing; have as a source of pride: often in a jocose sense: as, the village boasts a public pump.
    • boast To magnify or exalt; make over-confident; vaunt: with a reflexive pronoun.
    • n boast Clamor; outcry.
    • n boast Threatening; menace.
    • n boast Brag; vaunting; language expressive of ostentation, pride, or vanity.
    • n boast A cause of boasting; occasion of pride, vanity, or laudable exultation: as, Shakspere, the boast of English literature.
    • n boast Synonyms Vaunt, brag. See boasting.
    • boast In masonry, to dress off the surface of a stone with a broad chisel and mallet.
    • boast In sculpture, to reduce ornaments or other work to their general contour or form, preparatory to working out the details.
    • n boast In tennis, a stroke by which the ball is driven against the wall of a court at an acute angle. The rubbing against the wall makes the ball spin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York, USA made it in 1875. Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.
    • v.i Boast bōst to talk vaingloriously: to brag (with of),—v.t. to brag of: speak proudly or confidently of, esp. justifiably: to magnify or exalt one's self
    • n Boast an expression of pride: a brag: the cause of boasting
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Quotations

  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Mules are always boasting that their ancestors were horses.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Those who boast of their descent, brag on what they owe to others.”
  • Dr. Emmit Fox
    Dr. Emmit Fox
    “Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.”
  • Young
    Young
    “When boasting ends, there dignity begins.”
  • Robert C. Edwards
    Robert C. Edwards
    “Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being as honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night.”
  • Aubrey Beardsley
    Aubrey Beardsley
    “No language is rude that can boast polite writers.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n., noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten, Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. pösa, to swell; or W. bostio, to boast, bost, boast, Gael. bosd,. But these last may be from English

Usage

In literature:

It was the boast of the Choctaws that no man of their breed had ever shed the blood of a white man.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
The men, following the Doctor's lead, began to talk more boastfully than ever.
"Wandering Heath" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It was his boast that he had sufficient evidence to expel half the Fifteen and the whole Eleven.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
No other single building in North Italy can boast so much that is first-rate of the work of Luini and Gandenzio Ferrari.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
I had quite expected," he added boastingly, "that the sword would be expensive.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
The English spread the rumour that at the last she had admitted the revelations which she had so loudly boasted to be false.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
I am not going to boast, but I am going to do something.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
Such are these boasted saints and heroes of heathendom.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Neither be boastful of life nor fearful of death.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
Nor was his boast an empty one.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
What was interesting was that he would boast of it openly.
"Notes on My Books" by Joseph Conrad
A COXCOMB in a coffee-house boasted that he had written a certain popular song, just as the true author entered the room.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
Mary boasted a pretty fair French.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
France can boast of a real genius in Clementine de Bourges, who was born at Lyons in the sixteenth century.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
But it is nothing to boast of, for the hand of God must have been upon him.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The children were dressed somewhat better than on week days but at that their clothing was nothing to boast of.
"The Kentucky Ranger" by Edward T. Curnick
He is proud of the State that can boast so many excellent families.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
They found refuge in a dilapidated structure, the only inn of which the place could boast.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
It is an ignorant and a false boast.
"Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry" by Thomas Davis
He was always boasting of his ability to work with bees.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
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In poetry:

Fight, for all their bullying boast,
Dark temptation's evil host,
This is thy predestined post;
Never mind!
"Never Mind!" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"Ye make me not your debtor
Who serve yourselves alone;
Ye boast to me of homage
Whose gain is all your own.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A fever or a blow can shake
Our wisdom's boasted rule;
And of the brightest genius make
A madman or a fool.
"Vanity Of Life" by John Newton
The richest gold can only boast
A perishable worth;
Conceal'd from man it lies remote,
Deep in its parent earth.
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath
A span is all that we can boast,
An inch or two of time;
Man is but vanity and dust
In all his flower and prime.
"Psalm 39 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The Father hath received,
Their latest living breath,
And vain is Satan’s boast,
Of victory in their death.
"Flung to the Heedless Winds" by Martin Luther

In news:

State Fair boasts largest collection of horse drawn transportation.
Today's Technology Center Boasts Alternative Fuel Racecar, Synthetic Human Body .
It took five years, but now the LCSC campus boasts a special piece of art.
When Daniel J Cohen went to work at George Mason University in 2001, its Center for History and New Media boasted a name and little else.
With the best movie sequence of all time: the chariot race, the movie also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.
James Cameron's boast upon winning the Oscar for best director that he was now "king of the world" suggests an unintentional and frightening irony (editorial, March 25).
Besides a host of concert halls and museums, symphonies and theater companies, we can also boast of a resident string quartet.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy boasts whiter teeth since kicking his dipping habit.
The new 150 hp outboard by Mercury boasts a 3.0-liter, four-cylinder in-line configuration.
Engel's new 35-quart Deep Blue Ice Chest boasts a 2-inch layer of insulation that can keep your ice from melting for eight days.
Red's Ice House boasts a terrific view of Shem Creek.
When Ole Miss boasts of having students from all 50 states, you've got to wonder: What's someone doing here from Hawaii.
Officials for Erl's Winter Music Festival say the new house boasts the world's largest orchestra pit at 160 square meters, or more than 1,700 square feet.
The E33 boasts rugged construction features including an all metal body, metal threaded bushing, and standard metal shaft.
Apple's new PowerBooks boast G4 processors, improved features and reduced base prices.
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In science:

Although space missions may one day boast collecting areas rivaling those of ground-based telescopes, in the near future it is the latter that will push the envelope to provide the necessary constraints.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
Let us fix any numbering of the edges of G and, for each spanning tree T , let B (T ) be the set of “bad” edges of G \ T , that is, edges which boast the lowest index of any edge in the cycle formed with T .
Branched Polymers
None of its subsequent modifications can boast of such a firm and uniquely interpreted experimental ground.
Algbrodynamics over complex space and phase extension of the Minkowski geometry
My humble, non-economist view is that the proof is in the pudding: an industry does not become a boom market boasting 20% annual growth for an entire decade – unless it is very profitable indeed.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
This is the underlying premise behind the professional social networking site LinkedIn, which now boasts more than 40 million users .
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Both camps can boast a healthy constituency, and most of this paper should be readily accessible to anyone in either.
A Survey of Ultraproduct Constructions in General Topology
The canonical approach to quantum gravity (see for a recent review) boasts two remarkable sets of results.
Quasinormal Modes, the Area Spectrum, and Black Hole Entropy
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