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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Brag, n. Also: bragg, brage, braig(e. [ME. brag (c 1360), bragge, related to Brag v.]

1. Bragging, vaunting; a brag or vaunt.(1) sing. c1420 Wynt. iii. 285.
The Phylisteis … Bolnyt all wytht brage and boste Agayne hym come
a1500 Doug. K. Hart 144.
So mirrelie … thai play, Withoutin outher brag, or bost, or schore
Ib. 393.
Than Busteousnes come with brag and bost
Id. Æn. iv. i. 91; etc.
The gret brag and mannans of our brothir
1533 Boece xiii. xvi. 536.
This brag was repressit
1562-3 Winȝet I. 80/2.
Quby mak ȝe sik brag, tumult, and diuisioun for the terme sacrament
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 85.
The captane made a schaw of a stout brag
c1590 J. Stewart 18/105.
The Sarrasin, vith bittir brag and blast, Hint out his sourd
1605 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 247.
As to yow[r] braig to com heir ye sal be veilcome
1636 Fam. Innes 225.
Without brage, I will giff ples to feue in Chrisindome
(2) pl. 1571 Events Mary & Jas. 64.
Thai have maid great braggis thir dayis bygaine
a1585 Maitl. Q. xlii. 45.
Vaine braggis and boist is reknit vasealege
1594 Warrender P. 43.
Then began ther braggis

2. A defiant note. a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 195.
Ane horne he blew with mony bosteous brag
1513 Doug. vii. x. 86.
The draucht trumpet blawis the brag of weir
Ib. ix. viii. 106.
The trumpettis … With terribill brag of brasyn bludy soundis

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