Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

boast

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb American English pronunciation: boast /boʊst/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyboast
he/she/itboasts
present participleboasting
past tenseboasted
past participleboasted

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to proudly tell other people about what you or someone connected with you has done or can do, or about something you own, especially in order to make them admire you
    boast of:

    He's always boasting of his athletic prowess.

    boast about:

    Cheating on somebody is hardly something to boast about.

    boast that:

    The senator boasted that his bill had cut federal spending by $2 billion.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [never progressive] to have something good, often an attractive feature that other people admire

    The island boasts the highest number of tourists in the area.

property porn

a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

chimera

a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve

Open Dictionary

flat design

a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple styles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog