brag
Pronunciation Noun

brag (plural brags)

  1. A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretence or self-glorification.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Caesar […] made not here his brag / Of "came", and "saw", and "overcame".
  2. The thing which is boasted of.
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      Beauty is Nature's brag.
  3. (by ellipsis) The card game three card brag.
Translations
  • French: brag
Verb

brag (brags, present participle bragging; past bragged, past participle bragged)

  1. (intransitive) To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, is able to do, or has done; often as an attempt to popularize oneself.
    to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vi]:
      Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, / Brags of his substance, not of ornament.
    Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade
  2. (transitive) To boast of.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Adjective

brag (comparative bragger, superlative braggest)

  1. Excellent; first-rate.
  2. (archaic) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
    • 1633, Ben Jonson, A Tale of a Tub
    a woundy, brag young fellow
Adverb

brag

  1. (obsolete) proudly; boastfully



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