Synonyms for boast
- pride and joy
Antonyms for boast
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOAST
You have acknowledged, that he has nothing to boast of from them.
The man, this Solmes, you may suppose, has no reason to boast of his progress with me.
We wasn't none of us much to boast of; but Dick, he went too fur.
Instead, she was inclined to boast over her ability to bamboozle men at her will.
He should never have had to boast of the slaughter of our men.
"And yet you boast of your general—your leader," said the other boy.
Law of a people who boast of mercy and truth and equal rights and justice to all.
He used to boast that he had a lawsuit for every letter in the alphabet.
No other class can boast of such social, moral and material ascendency.
They are a pair of excellent girls, Heyward, and such as any one may boast of.
mid-13c., "arrogance, presumption, pride, vanity;" c.1300, "a brag, boastful speech," from Anglo-French bost "ostentation," probably via Scandinavian (cf. Norwegian baus "proud, bold, daring"), from Proto-Germanic *bausia "to blow up, puff up, swell" (cf. Middle High German bus "swelling," dialectal German baustern "to swell;" Middle Dutch bose, Dutch boos "evil, wicked, angry," Old High German bosi "worthless, slanderous," German böse "evil, bad, angry"), from PIE *bhou-, variant of root *beu-, *bheu- "to grow, swell" (see bull (n.2)).
The notion apparently is of being "puffed up" with pride; cf. Old English belgan "to become angry, offend, provoke," belg "anger, arrogance," from the same root as bellows and belly (n.). Related: Boasted; boasting. An Old English word for "boasting" was micelsprecende, "big talk."