From Middle English braggen (“to make a loud noise; to speak boastfully”) of unknown origin. Possibly related to the Middle English adjective brag (“prideful; spirited”), which is probably of Celtic origin; or from Old Norse bragr (“best; foremost; poetry”); or through Old English from Old Norse braka (“to creak”).
brag (plural brags)
- A boast or boasting; bragging; ostentatious pretence or self-glorification.
- The thing which is boasted of.
- (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, is able to do, or has done; often as an attempt to popularize oneself.
- to brag of one's exploits, courage, or money
- (transitive) To boast of.
- Excellent; first-rate.
- (archaic) Brisk; full of spirits; boasting; pretentious; conceited.
- a brag young fellow
brag n (singular definite braget, plural indefinite brag)
- brage verb
- imperative of