bolster


1bol·ster

noun \ˈbōl-stər\

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

Full Definition of BOLSTER

1
:  a long pillow or cushion
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

2bolster

transitive verb

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

bol·stered bol·ster·ing \-st(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of BOLSTER

1
:  to support with or as if with a bolster :  reinforce
2
:  to give a boost to <news that bolstered his spirits>
bol·ster·er \-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.

First Known Use of BOLSTER

15th century

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