Show Search Results Show Browse

A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
This entry has not been updated but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

Brag, v. Also: brage, braig. [ME. bragge (c 1380), of uncertain origin.]

1. intr. To brag, vaunt. Also with out. 1561 Crosraguel Chart. I. 126.
The Papistis … began to brag, as that thai wald half defaced the Protestantis
1562-3 Winȝet II. 65/22.
Quhen thai begin … to crak and brag of tha wordis
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxix. 131.
Ȝit sall I nocht be comptit wourth ane flie, Without I … Gloir and brag out
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 692.
I laid the ground whereon thou best began To big the brig whereof thou bragis maist

2. tr. To assail with bragging speech; to threaten or taunt. 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 2.
The Regent … said, he wald nocht be bragged, quhen justice was to be ministrat
1581 Lanark B. Rec. 82.
Thairefter com William Bauratin again … and braget and boistet Thomas
1582 Declaration Causis 19.
[They were] impedit to gif thair frie votis in Parliament, and, gif thay did, braggit and quarrellit thairfoir
1584 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 438.
The King … boasting the poor, and bragging the rich

3. tr. To assert or claim boastfully. 1588 King Cat. 224.
To na man quha braigs confidence and certantie of the remission of his sinnes … his sinnes be forgiwen

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Brag v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 29 Sep 2023 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse DOST: