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 In Barton Fink and Hail, Caesar! the Coen Brothers conjured a world of slumming playwrights banging out scripts, blowhard studio execs chomping cigars and feisty gossip columnists digging for dirt on ridiculously fertile ground. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Hollywood Is a Lush Golden Age Fantasy With a Strangely Naive Worldview," 29 Apr. 2020 Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images Mark Blum, an Obie Award-winning New York stage and screen actor whose roles ranged from highly flawed husbands to overconfident blowhards, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. Anita Gates, New York Times, "Mark Blum, a Familiar Face Off Broadway, Is Dead at 69," 27 Mar. 2020 Frank, as his father likes to be called, is a conservative blowhard, a former factory owner who has brought his family south under shadowy circumstances. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girl From the North Country': Theater Review," 6 Mar. 2020 The comic is a sacred piece of culture, the kind of totem that young blowhards will inevitably declare untouchable. Darren Franich,, "Watchmen is a high-energy American saga of racial terrorism and masked identity. It ain't boring.," 15 Oct. 2019 The Lakers probably also aren’t too crushed to end all affiliation with his blowhard father, LaVar, who now becomes just another French Quarter oddball. Bill Plaschke,, "Anthony Davis trade gives Lakers championship hopes," 15 June 2019 In normal times Priti Patel might have spent the rest of her career in the army of blowhards with a great future behind them. The Economist, "Letting Priti Patel lead Britain’s law-and-order agenda is risky," 19 Oct. 2019 Ziering gamely takes the biggest hit, playing a self-promoting blowhard who walks around whining about the post-#MeToo culture. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "The Niche Celebrity Satire of “BH90210”," 2 Sep. 2019 Warning: There are some real know-it-all grill blowhards out there. Jason Gay, WSJ, "17 Rules for Your Fourth of July Cookout," 28 June 2019

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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 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

US, informal + disapproving : a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike

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