Hypertext Webster Gateway: "boasting"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Boast \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. p["o]sa to swell; or W.
bostio to boast, bost boast, Gael. bosd. But these last may
be from English.]
1. 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,

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

In God we boast all the day long. --Ps. xliv. 8

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Boasting \Boast"ing\, n.
The act of glorying or vaunting; vainglorious speaking;
ostentatious display.

When boasting ends, then dignity begins. --Young.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : speaking of yourself in superlatives [syn: {boast}, {self-praise},

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