Definition of bloviate
: to speak or write verbosely and windily pundits bloviating on the radio
bloviationplay \ˌblō-vē-ˈā-shən\ noun
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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.
Origin and Etymology of bloviate
perhaps irregular from 1blow
First Known Use: 1845See Words from the same year
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