Meaning of humblebrag in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhʌmb(ə)lbraɡ/


  • An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

    • ‘social media status updates are basically selfies, humblebrags, and rants’
    • ‘All of the dresses I thought about wearing are too big! #humblebrag’
    • ‘The best humblebrags have to convey three brags in 140 characters, while simultaneously begging for sympathy.’
    • ‘I happen to have very high quality garbage (humblebrag).’
    • ‘Unrequited love will always be compelling (much more so than a love triangle, which is a humblebrag of a problem).’
    • ‘Reigning Queen of the Humblebrag must have completely forgotten about her promise to become more private, because she couldn't wait to take to Twitter.’
    • ‘I don't have anything against her, but this humblebrag she dropped really annoyed me.’
    • ‘The occasional humblebrag might fly with your audiences but there's a fine line between sincerity and smugness.’
    • ‘Others admitted that they were not above the occasional humblebrag.’
    • ‘Is saying you need to keep track of six timezones a humblebrag?’
    • ‘There's even a Twitter handle now dedicated to some of the best humble brags out there.’
    • ‘What do you do when one bikini selfie and humble brag isn't enough to satisfy your craving for attention?’


[no object] informal
  • Make an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement with the actual intention of drawing attention to something of which one is proud.

    • ‘she humblebragged about how ‘awful’ she looks without any make-up’
    • ‘Sit down, chill out, and don't humblebrag about your "high IQ" and your parents.’
    • ‘I don't think she's saying this to humblebrag.’
    • ‘The Oscars give us a chance to humblebrag about all the arty movies we saw - or just read about - this year.’
    • ‘That's not a way to humblebrag about my athletic abilities; all the high-level coaching in the world wouldn't have brought me a professional contract.’
    • ‘I won't judge you if you feel the need to humblebrag.’
    • ‘Are you trying to humblebrag and/or fish for compliments?’
    • ‘I feel like there's a lot of humblebragging that goes on with anyone affiliated with this show.’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that his "confessional" tweets were less about being humble and more about humblebragging.’
    • ‘Why do we keep doing all this humblebragging about how busy we are?’
    • ‘Every year around this time, college admissions officers can be heard humblebragging about how painful it was to reject so many qualified applicants.’


Early 21st century from humble + brag.