Bast vs Boast - What's the difference?

bast | boast |

As a noun boast is

a brag, a loud positive appraisal of oneself.

As a verb boast is

to brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself or boast can be (masonry) to dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.





(en noun)
  • Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.}}
  • * 1919, (Ronald Firbank), (Valmouth) , Duckworth, hardback edition, page 87
  • I thought I saw Him in the Long Walk there, by the bed of Nelly Roche, tending a fallen flower with a wisp of bast .
  • * 1997 : ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders , Penguin 2001, page 145
  • He had taken along a long bast rope in his sleigh, since it was the custom on longer journeys to have a spare rope in case the reins needed mending.


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) boosten, bosten, from .


    (en noun)
  • A brag, a loud positive appraisal of oneself.
  • (squash) A shot where the ball is driven off a side wall and then strikes the front wall.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To brag; to talk loudly in praise of oneself.
  • * 2005 , (Plato), Sophist . Translation by Lesley Brown. .
  • On no account will he or any other kind be able to boast that he's escaped the pursuit of those who can follow so detailed and comprehensive a method of enquiry.
  • To speak of with pride, vanity, or exultation, with a view to self-commendation; to extol.
  • * (John Milton)
  • Lest bad men should boast / Their specious deeds.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author=(Oliver Burkeman)
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=27, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= The tao of tech , passage=The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about "creating compelling content", or offering services that let you "stay up to date with what your friends are doing",
  • (obsolete) To speak in exulting language of another; to glory; to exult.
  • * Bible, Psalms xiiv. 8
  • In God we boast all the day long.
  • (squash) To play a .
  • (ergative) To possess something special.
  • Synonyms
    * brag
    Derived terms
    * boastful * boastfully * outboast

    Etymology 2


    (en verb)
  • (masonry) To dress, as a stone, with a broad chisel.
  • (Weale)
  • (sculpting) To shape roughly as a preparation for the finer work to follow; to cut to the general form required.