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bolster

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noun bol·ster \ˈbōl-stər\

Simple Definition of bolster

  • : a long bag of cloth completely filled with soft material : a long pillow or cushion

Full Definition of bolster

  1. 1 :  a long pillow or cushion

  2. 2 :  a structural part designed to eliminate friction or provide support or bearing

Origin of bolster

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English belg bag — more at belly


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bolster


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bolster

verb bol·ster

Simple Definition of bolster

  • : to make (something) stronger or better : to give support to (something)

Full Definition of bolster

bol·steredbol·ster·ing play \-st(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to support with or as if with a bolster :  reinforce

  3. 2 :  to give a boost to <news that bolstered his spirits>

bol·ster·er play \-stər-ər\ noun

Examples of bolster

  1. She came with me to bolster my confidence.

  2. a convincing argument that was bolstered by the speaker's reputation

  3. She is thinking of ways to bolster her career.



15th Century

First Known Use of bolster

15th century



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