blus·​ter | \ ˈblə-stər How to pronounce bluster (audio) \
blustered; blustering\ ˈblə-​st(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce bluster (audio) \

Definition of bluster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats brags and blusters but rarely does what he says he'll do
2a : to blow in stormy noisy gusts a cold, blustering wind
b : to be windy and boisterous … when autumn blusters and the orchard rocks.— Robert Browning

transitive verb

1 : to utter with noisy self-assertiveness "I don't want to hear it!" he blustered.
2 : to drive or force by blustering … trying to bluster us into the belief that they are much better than they look.— F. A. Swinnerton



Definition of bluster (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a violent boisterous blowing … the strong breeze driving them was setting up a bluster on the water.— Rose Thurburn
2 : violent commotion They do their work without bluster or ostentation.— Stanley Walker
3 : loudly boastful or threatening speech growing tired of his macho bluster

Other Words from bluster


blusterer \ ˈblə-​stər-​ər How to pronounce bluster (audio) \ noun


blusterous \ ˈblə-​st(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce bluster (audio) \ adjective
blustery \ ˈblə-​st(ə-​)rē How to pronounce bluster (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bluster in a Sentence

Verb He brags and blusters, but he never really does what he says he'll do. “I don't want to hear it!” he blustered. The wind blustered through the valley. Noun We were all tired of his macho bluster. all the bluster in the campaign speech was intended to hide a lack of specifics
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The area is frequently hit with fierce storms; fog can roll in suddenly; and winds often bluster at more than 75 miles per hour. Jeanine Barone, CNN, 22 July 2021 But for all the fear and bluster around Satanism, the actual religion is not well-understood. Elizabeth Gulino,, 31 Mar. 2021 But Johnson likes to bluster his way past the facts, and von der Leyen likes to muster them. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 The Herald continued to thrive, Bennett continued to bluster, crimes and calamities continued to happen. James M. Lundberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Mar. 2020 Iran will bluster and threaten, but waging an all-out war with the U.S. would be suicidal, and Iran knows it. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 9 Jan. 2020 At times, the actor’s florid portrayal of the quirky, blustering general evokes, of all people, Frank Morgan’s Wizard of Oz. Don Aucoin,, 5 Aug. 2019 But as his host blustered, Mr Khan seemed to have little cause for concern. The Economist, 25 July 2019 Rather than endure a humiliating climb-down that would involve admission of cheating and the destruction of the new missiles, Putin is blustering new threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 20 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kadyrov is known for his bluster and has repeatedly predicted the city’s fall in the past. Adam Schreck, ajc, 19 Apr. 2022 Some experts subsequently dismissed his comments as bluster. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 4 Mar. 2022 Jack has to come across as confident but not arrogant, passionate but not full of bluster. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 28 Mar. 2022 The Atlanta speech was not only the inchoate bluster of our president. WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Drawing too close to Russia would risk entrenching animosity toward China in Europe and beyond, a possibility that worries Mr. Xi’s government, for all its bluster. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 For all his bluster, Trump is deeply invested in his image as a winner, and terrified of being humiliated. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 But, beyond the bluster, some of the activity here is not so overt. ABC News, 20 Feb. 2022 Though Anna Karenina remains my favorite of his works, Darkest Hour was underrated in how its bunker sets externalized the brooding bluster of its protagonist, Winston Churchill. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bluster


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bluster

Verb and Noun

Middle English blustren, probably from Middle Low German blüsteren

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More Definitions for bluster


blus·​ter | \ ˈblə-stər How to pronounce bluster (audio) \
blustered; blustering

Kids Definition of bluster

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to talk or act in a noisy boastful way
2 : to blow hard and noisily strong winds blustering



Kids Definition of bluster (Entry 2 of 2)

: noisy violent action or speech

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