Synonyms for boasting

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You are boasting of your merits, Sir: let merit be your boast; nothing else can attract me.

A person was boasting that he was sprung from a high family in Ireland.

All her pride in her brother was roused, perhaps by Vincent's boasting.

Englishmen are so fond of boasting of their Freedom and Independence.

There was no note of boasting, no color of exaggeration in her manner.

If Doña Jocasta has a clear memory of that boasting, she may save a life for me.

A fox was boasting to a cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies.

The vanity of boasting in the evening to all their chums: 'We've just shipped in that there Apse Family.

Linda said, "Ramirez is boasting in town that he will carry you off from the island."

I believe you blundered upon us by chance—for all your boasting about sunsets and bearings.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BOASTING

big talk

nounboastful talk
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