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Old French bragard (flaunting, vain, bragging)


braggart (plural braggarts)

  1. Someone who constantly brags or boasts.
    • 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 3,[1]
      O, I could play the woman with mine eyes,
      And braggart with my tongue!
    • 1889, Arthur Conan Doyle, Micah Clarke, London: Longman, Green & Co., Chapter 24, p. 256,[2]
      Shallow water gives a great splash, and so a braggart has ever been contemptible in my eyes.
    • 1922, Emily Post, Etiquette, New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1923, Chapter 7, p. 56,[3]
      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.


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braggart (comparative more braggart, superlative most braggart)

  1. Characterized by boasting, boastful.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, The Impertinent: or, A Visit to the Court, London: John Wileord, p. 13,[4]
      O my fair Mistress, Truth! Shall I quit thee,
      For huffing, braggart, puft Nobility?
    • 1837, Washington Irving, Adventures of Captain Bonneville, Paris: A. & W. Galignani, Chapter 7, p. 49,[5]
      Captain 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 Dean Howells, A Modern Instance, Boston: James R. Osgood, Chapter 6, p. 70,[6]
      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.