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bluster

verb blus·ter \ ˈblə-stər \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of bluster

blustered; blustering play \ˈblə-st(ə-)riŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats
  • brags and blusters but rarely does what he says he'll do
2 a :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

blusterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of bluster in a Sentence

  1. He brags and blusters, but he never really does what he says he'll do.

  2. “I don't want to hear it!” he blustered.

  3. The wind blustered through the valley.

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Origin and Etymology of bluster

Middle English blustren, probably from Middle Low German blüsteren

bluster Synonyms


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bluster

noun

Definition of bluster

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

blusterous

play \-t(ə-)rəs\ adjective

blustery

play \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

Examples of bluster in a Sentence

  1. We were all tired of his macho bluster.

  2. all the bluster in the campaign speech was intended to hide a lack of specifics

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Origin and Etymology of bluster


BLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

bluster

verb

Definition of bluster for English Language Learners

  • : to speak in a loud and aggressive or threatening way

  • of wind : to blow loudly and violently


bluster

noun

Definition of bluster for English Language Learners

  • : words that are loud and aggressive


BLUSTER Defined for Kids

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bluster

verb blus·ter \ ˈblə-stər \

Definition of bluster for Students

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

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bluster

noun

Definition of bluster for Students

:noisy violent action or speech


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