December 07, 2011
- boast (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to praise one's own possessions, qualities, or accomplishments2 : to have and display proudly
- How do you use it?
- He's always boasting about how he won the school spelling bee two years in a row.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Boast" boasts a number of synonyms. One of those synonyms is also a homonym of the name of an animal. Which animal do you think it is?If you chose A you have something to crow about. The words "boast," "brag," and "crow" mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. "Boast" often suggests exaggeration, as in "boasting about every little success." But it can also imply proper and justifiable pride, as in "the town boasts one of the best museums in the area." "Brag" suggests glorifying oneself in a rude or insensitive way, as in "he bragged about having an expensive new bike." "Crow" usually implies joyful boasting or bragging, as in "her parents crowed after she won the race."