• The Boaster
    The Boaster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n boaster a very boastful and talkative person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Boaster A stone mason's broad-faced chisel.
    • n Boaster One who boasts; a braggart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boaster One who boasts, glories, or vaunts with exaggeration, or ostentatiously; a bragger.
    • n boaster A broad chisel used in rough-hewing and dressing off the surface of a stone; a boasting-chisel.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every other enjoyment malice may destroy; every other panegyric envy may withhold; but no human power can deprive the boaster of his own encomiums.”
  • W. Secker
    W. Secker
    “Usually the greatest boasters are the smallest workers. The deep rivers pay a larger tribute to the sea than shallow brooks, and yet empty themselves with less noise.”


In literature:

Thus Cyrus talked big in perils and on battle-fields, though at other times he was no boaster.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
A boaster is always to be suspected.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
He furiously brandished his hammer, with intent to annihilate the boaster.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
Was not Rene a great boaster?
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
He would find a certain long haired Indian he had seen that day, and prove to his brother that he was not simply a boaster.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The boaster's chance is gone!
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
What proud credentials does the boaster bring To prove his claim?
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Believe me, I am no idle boaster.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
How they scratch and blow like pigs and boasters!
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Snackoll is a boaster.
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I have proved myself as yet only a boaster.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
If I was the boaster of old, I should say that it was an idea from above; but I wholly believe that it is a fortunate idea.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
We are not told that he was a vain boaster.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Being a drunkard and a boaster he was sent to Paris to get drunk and to boast.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Always a boaster, he could not resist boasting a little too soon.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
The Viceroy Alexieff is a vain boaster.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
And he hadn't even heart enough to answer that impertinent boaster.
"The Tale of Old Dog Spot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He would raise the question forthwith, in jest and earnest, and worry Nell about the boaster.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
The boaster was pinned as in a vise.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
The boaster was the Thistle, Zeherit, and the ideot was the Genius, Thetel.
"Specimens of German Romance; Vol. II. Master Flea" by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

In poetry:

"Vain boaster," said the youthful knight,
"I scorn thy threats and thee;
I trust to force thy brazen gates,
And set thy captives free."
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Giving his life that others life might find,
Shaming you with his toil, his bravery,
Not by a word or look, no boaster he,
He was always gentle to you, and kind.
"His Place" by Marietta Holley
The bright and angry blushes
On the fair cheeks of the queen;
Her eye's disdainful beauty
As she pass'd the foe she scorn'd—
These might have warn'd that boaster:
He was not to be warn'd!
"The Tournament" by Menella Bute Smedley
Satan asks, and mocks my woe,
Boaster, where is now your God?
Silence, Lord, this cruel foe,
Let him know I'm bought with blood:
Tell him, since I know thy name,
Though I change thou art the same.
"The Change" by John Newton