brag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brag exceptionally good "a boss hand at carpentry","his brag cornfield"
    • v brag show off
    • n brag an instance of boastful talk "his brag is worse than his fight","whenever he won we were exposed to his gasconade"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jayne Mansfield decorated her "Pink Palace" by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples. She told the donors they could then brag that their goods were in her outlandish mansion. The pitch worked, and Jayne received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
    • Brag A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretense or self glorification. "Cæsar . . . made not here his brag Of “came,” and “saw,” and “overcame.”"
    • Brag A game at cards similar to bluff.
    • a Brag Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited. "A brag young fellow."
    • adv Brag Proudly; boastfully.
    • Brag The thing which is boasted of. "Beauty is Nature's brag ."
    • v. t Brag To boast of.
    • v. i Brag To talk about one's self, or things pertaining to one's self, in a manner intended to excite admiration, envy, or wonder; to talk boastfully; to boast; -- often followed by of; as, to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money, or of the great things one intends to do. "Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, Brags of his substance, not of ornament."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brag To use boastful language; speak vaingloriously of one's self or belongings; boast; vaunt: used absolutely, or followed by of, formerly sometimes by on: as, to brag of a good horse, or of a feat of arms.
    • brag To sound, as a trumpet; blare; bray.
    • brag To boast of.
    • brag To blow (a trumpet).
    • n brag A boast or boasting; a vaunt; also, boastfulness.
    • n brag A thing to boast of; source of pride.
    • n brag A game of cards: same as poker.
    • n brag A bragger.
    • brag Proud; boasting: as, “that bragge prescription,”
    • brag Also used adverbially.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Brag brag to boast or bluster
    • pr.p Brag brag′ging; pa.p. bragged
    • n Brag a boast or boasting: the thing boasted of: a game at cards, very like poker
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Quotations

  • Sir Thomas Overbore
    Sir Thomas Overbore
    “The person who has nothing to brag about but their ancestors is like a potato; the best part of them is underground.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Unworthy offspring brag the most about their worthy descendants.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.”
  • Johnny Unitas
    Johnny Unitas
    “Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. braggen, to resound, blow, boast (cf. F. braguer, to lead a merry life, flaunt, boast, OF. brague, merriment), from Icel. braka, to creak, brak, noise, fr. the same root as E. break,; properly then, to make a noise, boast. 95

Usage

In literature:

She called her suitor "Isidore," and bragged about the vehemence of his attachment.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
Lastly, he brags that his great houses are repaired to his hands when churches go to ruin, and those are prisons.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
You can still brag a bit, but that's all.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Oct. 10, 1917" by Various
Cardan brags of himself, that he could do as much, and that when he list.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Them was our brag-words, phthisic and asthma was.
"Sonny, A Christmas Guest" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
She could not brag of her triumphs nor repeat the friendly chat with Mr. Strong.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
It is a war of treacheries and brags and appearances.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
The love of which he bragged was now lost to him, by his own exceeding fault.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France
His wife was Brag'elo, daughter of Sorglan.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Now I knew South so well that I saw under all his confident, bragging tone he was more anxious and doubtful than he had ever been.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 1" by Various
Oh, don't brag about things you can't perform.
"Armenian Literature" by Anonymous
They give me a copy to practice and they'd brag on me and that turned me foolish.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Ay, sirs," she said, and sat up very straight, looking into the faces of her court, "Brag is a good dog, but Hold-fast is better.
"Master Skylark" by John Bennett
The first ship, Captain Cuffe, brags of being able to travel faster than anything within the Straits!
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper
It would not be a thing to be bragged of, but that it is what any Man may be Master of who will take Pains enough for it.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
It beats all how dey brags an' wastes things.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Bull had been to school before, and of this school he often bragged as the acme of desirability and wickedness.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
Then mother'll mellow up into a nice old lady who'll brag about you to the neighbors.
"Old Gorgon Graham" by George Horace Lorimer
He bragged to the men about him of his ability.
"Vandemark's Folly" by Herbert Quick
He's a hard citizen, a gun man, and brags of eleven killin's in his time.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
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In poetry:

It humbly still itself denies,
Nor brags its acts at all;
Deep plung'd into its object lies,
Thy Husband is its all.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
He never weaves a glinting lie,
Or brags the hearts he'll keep.
I have forgotten how to sigh-
Remembered how to sleep.
"The Danger Of Writing Defiant Verse" by Dorothy Parker
They only laughed, and said good-bye,
And rode away to brag
Of how they stuck a swaggie up
And robbed him of his swag.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
I bore the brag o' that ball, an' John
Was unco prood aboot me;
But he's deid these thirty weary years,
An' noo I scarce can see.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
But, like all noodles, he is vain;
And when his tongue is wagging,
I feel inclined to copy Cain,
And "drop" him for his bragging.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
That tongue that now can boast and brag
Shall then by death be tied
So fast, as not to speak or wag,
Though death lies by thy side.
"Of Death" by John Bunyan

In news:

Mom, bragging rights motivate Montgomery in win over South Carolina.
Who would win the harness race at Freehold Raceway that would give the victor bragging rights as the greatest harness driver in the history of our moning show.
Redman's solid game brings bragging rights.
Las Vegas, Rancho battling for bragging rights in 'Bone Game' rivalry.
Glenn beats rival Wayne for bragging rights.
Schwarzenegger can't terminate his bragging .
The Sylacauga Aggies travel to take on their archrival the Childersburg Tigers in a bragging right special tonight at 7 from John Cox Memorial Stadium in Childersburg.
Lynx, Lions resume rivalry for district bragging rights.
Can bragging on Facebook and other social platforms backfire.
Live Younger Longer -It's not bragging Š.
A colleague shared with me this week a quote from Muhammad Ali, "It's not bragging if you can back it up".
Stopping the baby- bragging .
Have to brag just a little bit here about my favorite Girl Scout.
Clayton County looks to maintain bragging rights.
The very first time that a Henry County and Clayton County team met in football, Clayton County walked away with bragging rights.
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In science:

The following report summarizes results from a series of fits to selected datasets for pion photoproduction, a pro ject initiated by the Partial-Wave Analysis Working Group of BRAG (the Baryon Resonance Analysis Group).
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
The fitted data are listed on the BRAG website1 and include differential cross section, target asymmetry (T ), and photon asymmetry (Σ) data from proton targets only.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
At the BRAG workshop, we were able to understand this difference.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
The general conclusion at the BRAG workshop is that the ∆ region is not a good place to fit the vector meson couplings.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
Thesis, unpublished - see the database description on the BRAG webpage).
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
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