From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishboastboast1 /bəʊst $ boʊst/ ●●○ verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]BOAST to talk too proudly about your abilities, achievements, or possessions ‘I wouldn’t be afraid, ’ she boasted.boast that Amy boasted that her son was a genius.boast about He’s boasting about how much money he has made.boast of The company is inclined to boast of its success.2 [transitive not in progressive]GOOD/EXCELLENT if a place, object, or organization boasts something, it has something that is very good The city boasts two excellent museums. The Society boasts 3,000 members worldwide. —boaster noun [countable]THESAURUSboast to talk too proudly about your abilities, achievements, or possessions because you want other people to admire youShe’s always boasting about how good she is at languages.brag to boast in a way that annoys other people. Brag is more informal than boastHe was bragging about how many girlfriends he had had.I don’t think they have anything to brag about.The rebels have repeatedly bragged that their fighters have been responsible for the mounting attacks on policemen, 226 of whom were killed last year. blow your own trumpet British English, blow your own horn American English spoken to talk a lot about your achievements – used especially when you want to mention your achievements but do not want to sound as if you are boastingI don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but it was me who came up with the idea for the project in the first place.crow to boast about something you have achieved, when other people have been less lucky or successfulNordstrom and his supporters are still crowing about winning the lawsuit.gloat to behave in a way that shows that you are proud of your own success and happy about someone else’s failureThe Australians are still gloating over their victory over England.The liberals are gloating and celebrating all over town. I haven’t come to gloat! We all have to lose sometimes.be full of yourself informal to show by your words and behaviour that you are very proud of your abilities and achievements – used when you dislike someone because of this‘He’s so full of himself, ’ Constance complained. ‘He thinks he can get away with anything.’After the game she was really full of herself. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusboast• It boasts a post box, stamp machine as well as an A/B button telephone.• She's always boasting about how clever her children are.• Scott was boasting about winning the game against Melrose High.• Each luxury home boasts an indoor pool and three-car garage.• The new athletic center boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool.• I don't want to boast, but I was the first woman ever to win the competition.• The inside of the theater boasted more substantial fare.• Also, more than half of the associates can boast of perfect attendance records.• On the scaffold an unrepentant Jarman boasted of some sixty or seventy murders.• He has an understanding equal to any public object, and possesses an energy of mind that few Men can boast of.• The golf course is surrounded by hills and boasts some of the finest scenery in the country.• Hank was boasting that he could drink a case of beer by himself.• She boasted that she had two bedrooms and a bathroom, which had been constructed from a third bedroom.boast that• He boasts that he has already lost 10 pounds because of the exercise.• He can boast that he has appointed more black people to various posts in Washington than any other president.• Read in studio Now, we've all heard of the tyre company that boasts that it's fitters are fastest.• It proudly boasted that it was the Jack-in-the-Box Private Kindergarten, for children aged 2-5 years.• They boasted that it was the worst they'd ever known, and could expect a million profit with confidence.• The company boasts that its packaging is recyclable.• Many Tory party cheer-leaders boast that there has been a cultural revolution.• Administration officials boasted that they would eliminate 250 spending projects.boastboast2 ●○○ noun [countable] BOASTsomething that you like telling people because you are proud of it It is the company’s proud boast that it can deal with all a customer’s needs in one phone call. Philip’s boast is that he started out without any outside financial backing.an empty/idle/vain boast (=a false statement that something is good or possible) ‘Making knowledge work’ is the university’s phrase, and it is no idle boast (=not a boast, but true).
Examples from the Corpusboast• A boast, perhaps, but who can quarrel with it?• Pat regretted her boast that she would be first to reach the top of the mountain.• Had anyone really connected his exorbitant fundraising practices to his boasts about providing girls for Bill?• No boast, no brag, no chest-thumping, no combat fatigues.• Feffer had a strange need to cover himself with the brocade of boasts.• During the campaign, he made a ridiculous boast that 30 million new jobs would be created if he won the election.• The establishment's boast was that if it wasn't on the menu, then you could take your pick for free.an empty/idle/vain boast• She could defend herself - that hadn't been an empty boast.• It seemed that Perseus had been led by his angry pride into making an empty boast.• Nor was this an empty boast.Origin boast1 (1200-1300) Anglo-French bost “boasting”