blo·​vi·​ate | \ˈblō-vē-ˌāt \
bloviated; bloviating

Definition of bloviate 

intransitive verb

: to speak or write verbosely and windily pundits bloviating on the radio

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bloviation \ˌblō-​vē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun

What's the Connection Between Harding and bloviate?

Warren G. Harding is often linked to "bloviate," but to him the word wasn't insulting; it simply meant "to spend time idly." Harding used the word often in that "hanging around" sense, but during his tenure as the 29th U.S. President (1921-23), he became associated with the "verbose" sense of "bloviate," perhaps because his speeches tended to the long-winded side. Although he is sometimes credited with having coined the word, it's more likely that Harding picked it up from local slang while hanging around with his boyhood buddies in Ohio in the late 1800s. The term probably derives from a combination of the word blow plus the suffix -ate.

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There’s a lot going on here, which leads to a whole lot of gassy exposition to explain it all, including two separate scenes in which two different groups of good guys are tied to chairs while villains bloviate on the intricacies of the plot. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: Paul Rudd is back in busy little sequel," 2 July 2018 That’s a good and under-appreciated quality in our age of bloviated self-promotion. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Coal Cloud, VW Charge, Twitter Passwords: CEO Daily for May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 When Silicon Valley kicked off its fifth season Sunday night, the HBO tech comedy did so without one of its breakout characters: bloviating, oafish entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, played by T.J. Miller. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "How does HBO's 'Silicon Valley' move on without T.J. Miller?," 25 Mar. 2018 Where other viewers might see talking heads bloviating about various policies, Trump sees people who should be making the policies in real life — or, at least, pushing his in a telegenic way. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "When heads roll, Trump looks for replacements on TV," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bloviate

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bloviate

perhaps irregular from blow entry 1

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