boast vs brag what difference

what is difference between boast and brag

English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bəʊst/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /boʊst/
  • Rhymes: -əʊst

Etymology 1

From Middle English bosten, from bost (boast, glory, noise, arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity), probably of North Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *bausuz (inflated, swollen, puffed up, proud, arrogant, bad). Cognate with Scots bost, boist (to threaten, brag, boast), Anglo-Norman bost (ostentation) (from Germanic). Related to Norwegian baus (proud, bold, daring), dialectal German baustern (to swell), German böse (evil, bad, angry), Dutch boos (evil, wicked, angry), West Frisian boas (bad, wicked, angry, shrewd, clever). Compare also dialectal Norwegian bausta, busta (to rush onward, make a noise).

Noun

boast (plural boasts)

  1. A brag; ostentatious positive appraisal of oneself.
  2. Something that one brags about.
  3. (squash (sport)) A shot where the ball is driven off a side wall and then strikes the front wall.
Translations

Verb

boast (third-person singular simple present boasts, present participle boasting, simple past and past participle boasted)

  1. (intransitive) To brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself.
    • 2005, Lesley Brown (translator), Plato, Sophist, 235c.
      On no account will he or any other kind be able to boast that he’s escaped the pursuit of those who can follow so detailed and comprehensive a method of enquiry.
  2. (transitive) To speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
  3. (obsolete) To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
  4. (squash (sport)) To play a boast shot.
  5. (ergative) To possess something special (e.g. as a feature).
Synonyms
  • brag
Derived terms
  • boastful
  • boastfully
  • boastworthy
  • outboast
Translations

Etymology 2

Verb

boast (third-person singular simple present boasts, present participle boasting, simple past and past participle boasted)

  1. (masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
  2. (sculpting) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.

References

  • “boast”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

Anagrams

  • basto, boats, sabot


English

Etymology

From Middle English braggen (to make a loud noise; to speak boastfully) of unknown origin. Possibly related to the Middle English adjective brag (prideful; spirited), which is probably of Celtic origin; or from Old Norse bragr (best; foremost; poetry); or through Old English from Old Norse braka (to creak).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɹæɡ/
  • Hyphenation: brag
  • Rhymes: -æɡ

Noun

brag (plural brags)

  1. A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretence or self-glorification.
  2. The thing which is boasted of.
  3. (by ellipsis) The card game three card brag.
    • January 23 1752, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, in Letters to His Son, published in 1774
      our mixed companies here, which, if they happen to rise above bragg and whist, infallibly stop short of every thing either pleasing or instructive

Derived terms

  • bragless

Translations

Verb

brag (third-person singular simple present brags, present participle bragging, simple past and past participle bragged)

  1. (intransitive) To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, is able to do, or has done; often as an attempt to popularize oneself.
  2. (transitive) To boast of something.

Synonyms

  • boast

Hyponyms

  • brag on

Derived terms

  • braggard
  • humblebrag

Related terms

  • bragging rights

Translations

Adjective

brag (comparative bragger, superlative braggest)

  1. Excellent; first-rate.
  2. (archaic) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
    • 1633, Ben Jonson, A Tale of a Tub
    a woundy, brag young fellow

Adverb

brag (comparative more brag, superlative most brag)

  1. (obsolete) proudly; boastfully
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)

References

Anagrams

  • ARGB, garb, grab

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse brak.

Noun

brag n (singular definite braget, plural indefinite brag)

  1. bang, crash

Inflection

Related terms

  • brage verb

Verb

brag

  1. imperative of brage

North Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian bregge, which derives from Proto-Germanic *brugjǭ. Cognates include West Frisian brêge.

Noun

brag f (plural bragen)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) bridge

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