Hypertext Webster Gateway: "boast"

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

Boast \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.

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

Boast \Boast\, n.
1. Act of boasting; vaunting or bragging.

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

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

The boast of historians. --Macaulay.

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)

Boast \Boast\, v. t.
1. 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.

2. To display vaingloriously.

3. 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : speaking of yourself in superlatives [syn: {boasting}, {self-praise},
v 1: show off [syn: {tout}, {swash}, {shoot a line}, {brag}, {gas},
{blow}, {bluster}, {vaunt}, {gasconade}]
2: wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner; "she was
sporting a new hat" [syn: {sport}, {feature}]

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