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


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blurbed; blurbing; blurbs

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
Along with Dungy’s foreword, NFL quarterback Russell Wilson —who was coached directly by Canales in Seattle — contributed a positive blurb. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Her story and the resignation of Casey merited a brief blurb in The Times in 1992, but the paper never mentioned her again. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 29 Jan. 2024 When my colleague Danielle Abril was hunting recently for pet hair clippers, one AI blurb mentioned fur getting caught in a product’s guard and the blades not being sharp. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 The blurb on the back described it as a page turner, and Corrin nodded in approval. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 In some sections, Fontaine has taped up educational blurbs to explain the origins and cultural significance of certain items, such as antique German beer steins and Staffordshire pottery dogs. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Battle's complaint includes a problematic blurb from the top of Bing's search results for his name, which shows how Bing blended the other man's information into Battle's actual bio. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2023 Besides, these blurbs were clearly designed to gain MAD clout via association with Prohías’ politics. Gyasi Hall, Longreads, 12 Sep. 2023 But this death stood out from the usual anonymity of victims who garner little more than a blurb in news coverage. Albert Samaha, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023
To blurb books, to be on panels, to fly to LA, where her film agent whisked her to the opera in his white Porsche. Beth Teitell,, 23 Jan. 2023 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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Word History



coined by Gelett Burgess

First Known Use


1907, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blurb was in 1907

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“Blurb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a short description (as in advertising) praising a product highly

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