- 1 English
- 2 Danish
- 3 North Frisian
Mid-14th c. Middle English braggen (“to make a loud noise; to speak boastfully”) of unknown origin. Possibly related to the early-14th c. Middle English adjective brag (“prideful, spirited”), probably from Celtic; or Old Norse bragr (“best, foremost; poetry”); or through Old English from Old Norse braka (“to creak”).
- (archaic) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
- Ben Jonson
- a brag young fellow
brag (plural brags)
- A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretence or self-glorification.
- Caesar […] made not here his brag / Of "came", and "saw", and "overcame".
- The thing which is boasted of.
- Beauty is Nature's brag.
- (by ellipsis) The card game three card brag.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chesterfield to this entry?)
- (intransitive) To boast; to talk with excessive pride about what one has, can do, or has done.
- to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money
- 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
- (transitive) To boast of.
- ^ “brag” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ “wile” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).;
- ^ brag in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- brage verb
- imperative of
brag f (plural bragen)