Boast (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Boasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Boasting.] [OE. bosten, boosten, v., bost, boost, n., noise, boasting; cf. G. bausen, bauschen, to swell, pusten, Dan. puste, Sw. pusta, to blow, Sw. posa to swell; or W. bostio to boast, bost boast, Gael. bosd. But these last may be from English.]


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. Eph. ii. 8, 9.


To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.

In God we boast all the day long. Ps. xiiv. 8

Syn. -- To brag; bluster; vapor; crow; talk big.


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Boast, v. t.


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. Milton.


To display vaingloriously.


To possess or have; as, to boast a name.

To boast one's self, to speak with unbecoming confidence in, and approval of, one's self; -- followed by of and the thing to which the boasting relates. [Archaic]

Boast not thyself of to-morrow. Prov. xxvii.


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Boast, v. t. [Of uncertain etymology.]

1. Masonry

To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.


2. Sculp.

To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.


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Boast, n.


Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.

Reason and morals? and where live they most, In Christian comfort, or in Stoic boast! Byron.


The cause of boasting; occasion of pride or exultation, -- sometimes of laudable pride or exultation.

The boast of historians. Macaulay.


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