- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɹæɡɑːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɹæɡɚt/
- Hyphenation: brag‧gart
braggart (plural braggarts)
- Someone who constantly brags or boasts. [from late 16th c.]
c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, 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 IV, scene iii], page 148, column 1:
- O I could play the woman with mine eyes, / And Braggart with my tongue.
1889, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “Of the Welcome that Met Me at Badminton”, in Micah Clarke His Statement as Made to His Three Grandchildren Joseph, Gervas, & Reuben during the Hard Winter of 1734 [...], London: Longmans, Green and Co. and New York, 15 East 15th Street, OCLC 248993340, page 256:
- Shallow water gives a great splash, and so a braggart has ever been contemptible in my eyes.
1922 July, Emily Post, “Conversation”, in Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, New York, N.Y.: Funk & Wagnalls, published October 1923, OCLC 2215654, page 56:
- A very good resolve to make and keep, if you would also keep any friends you make, is never to speak of anyone without, in imagination, having them overhear what you say. One often hears the exclamation “I would say it to her face!” At least be very sure that this is true, and not a braggart’s phrase and then—nine times out of ten think better of it and refrain.
one who constantly brags or boasts
- Characterized by boasting; boastful.
1733, [Alexander Pope], The Impertinent, or A Visit to the Court. A Satyr. By an Eminent Hand, London: Printed for John Wileord,[sic, meaning Wilford] behind the Chapter-house near St. Paul's, OCLC 561554703, archived from the original on 9 January 2018, page 13:
- O my fair Mistress, Truth! Shall I quit thee, / For huffing, braggart, puft Nobility?
1837, Washington Irving, chapter VII, in Adventures of Captain Bonneville, or Scenes beyond the Rocky Mountains of the Far West, Paris: Published by A. and W. Galignani and Co., rue Vivienne, No. 18, OCLC 5930118, page 49:
- Captain [Benjamin] Bonneville was delighted with the game look of these cavaliers of the mountains, welcomed them heartily to his camp, and ordered a free allowance of grog to regale them, which soon put them in the most braggart spirits.
1882, William D[ean] Howells, chapter VI, in A Modern Instance: A Novel, Boston, Mass.: James R. Osgood and Company, OCLC 1011935688, page 70:
- He took him on the long walks of which he was fond, and made him in some sort his humble confidant, talking to him of himself and his plans with large and braggart vagueness.
charcterized by boasting — see boastful