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Definition of blurb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short publicity notice (as on a book jacket)


blurbed; blurbing; blurbs

Definition of blurb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to describe or praise in a blurb

Examples of blurb in a Sentence

Noun a blurb on a book jacket
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Again, there’s no blurb-worthy self-praise from Bateman. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The short blurb, which is among other 2021 tax tips, talks about an enhanced child tax credit credit of up to $3,600 for a qualifying child under age 6 and up to $3,000 for a qualifying child over age 5 and under age 18. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 24 Feb. 2022 In one amusing chapter, Hunt visits a medium to ask Charlotte Brontë’s ghost for a blurb for her new book. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 As close as this book gets to this challenging subject is a single, long sentence in what publishers call the flap copy — a blurb on the book jacket written to appeal to browsers in bookstores. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 The caption featured a screen grab showing pictures of Noah, who’s South African, with the info blurb that Google serves up when someone searches for a famous person. Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 That returned a blurb about how popular the Packers are. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 8 Feb. 2022 The School for Good Mothers is compared with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in a blurb on its cover. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 24 Jan. 2022 Goings On About Town section, one of Richard Brody’s dispatches from the land of the overlooked and forgotten, but no such blurb exists. Howard Fishman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So what’s with the random Jason Statham blurb today? Yoni Heisler, BGR, 28 July 2021 As for whether Lighthizer will suffer any consequences for the pricey interior design choices, the odds are about as likely as Trump blurbing a second print run of James Comey’s book. Bess Levin, The Hive, 18 Apr. 2018 Nonetheless, Penn was allowed to publish this novel, and Salman Rushdie blurbed it. Constance Grady, Vox, 31 Mar. 2018 As someone who is trying to get your book read, is that ultimately a quote worthy of being blurbed on the back cover? Daniel D'addario, Time, 9 Jan. 2018 It's blurbed by Larry McMurtry, David McCullough, and Henry Kissinger; it's lavishly illustrated; and Korda grounds its familiar story with his childhood memories of wartime tensions and radio broadcasts. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Sep. 2017 It's blurbed by Larry McMurtry, David McCullough, and Henry Kissinger Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Sep. 2017 Lenin, who blurbed the book, rewarded Reed for his powerful propaganda by burying him in the wall of the Kremlin. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 8 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of blurb


1907, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blurb


coined by Gelett Burgess

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12 May 2022

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“Blurb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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