blow·​hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio) \
plural blowhards

Definition of blowhard

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.— Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.— Thomas E. Ricks

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Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else
Recent Examples on the Web Bergman’s version was far tougher on the blowhard securities of the male character. Michael Phillips,, 14 Sep. 2021 The University of Delaware graduate has long bridled at those -- from Republican adversaries to Obama White House aides to Obama himself -- who mocked him as an intellectual lightweight or blowhard prone to verbal stumbles. John Harwood, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 And even the petulant goal scorer Jamie Tartt (Phil Dunster) can be influenced by positive peer pressure in ways that his blowhard exterior might not suggest. Nina Metz,, 21 July 2021 Why does a sketch featuring weird-comedy icon Tim Heidecker as a ponytailed blowhard who sabotages a party game with his obscure jazz knowledge continue to captivate us? Peter Rubin, Wired, 23 Apr. 2021 To avoid some blowhard dominating a room, Davison and Seth gave the room’s creator and any other moderators the power to invite speakers to the stage. Steven Levy, Wired, 17 Mar. 2021 Snipes is hilarious as General Izzi, an imperious blowhard who peacocks into every room with jubilantly exaggerated swagger. Kristen Baldwin,, 4 Mar. 2021 Don’t waste your time asking Hyatt whether someone may be excused from mask-wearing on the basis of being a MAGA-mad science-denying blowhard. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 Feb. 2021 Liberals reviled him as a hateful blowhard and a bigot. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Blowhard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

: a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike


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