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Definition of boast noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

boast

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//bəʊst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//boʊst//
 
 
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boast (that…) (often disapproving) something that a person talks about in a very proud way, often to seem more important or clever Despite his boasts that his children were brilliant, neither of them went to college. It was her proud boast that she had never missed a day's work because of illness. Her claim that she could beat us all was clearly no idle/empty boast(= it was true). Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): of unknown origin.Extra examples her boast of having seen all the countries of Africa Her claim that she could beat us all was clearly no empty/​idle boast. It was her proud boast that she had never missed a day’s work because of illness.
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