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bluster

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verb blus·ter \ˈbləs-tər\

Definition of bluster

blustered

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blustering

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  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats brags and blusters but rarely does what he says he'll do

  3. 2a :  to blow in stormy noisy gusts a cold, blustering windb :  to be windy and boisterous … when autumn blusters and the orchard rocks. — Robert Browning

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to utter with noisy self-assertiveness “I don't want to hear it!” he blustered.

  6. 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

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blusteringly

play \-t(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

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.

Origin and Etymology of bluster

Middle English blustren, probably from Middle Low German blüsteren


First Known Use: 15th century


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bluster

noun blus·ter

Definition of bluster

  1. 1 :  a violent boisterous blowing … the strong breeze driving them was setting up a bluster on the water. — Rose Thurburn

  2. 2 :  violent commotion They do their work without bluster or ostentation. — Stanley Walker

  3. 3 :  loudly boastful or threatening speech growing tired of his macho bluster

blusterous

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blustery

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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>

Origin and Etymology of bluster

see 1bluster


First Known Use: 1582


BLUSTER Defined for English Language Learners

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bluster

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verb blus·ter \ˈbləs-tər\

Definition of bluster for English Language Learners

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

  • of wind : to blow loudly and violently


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bluster

noun blus·ter

Definition of bluster for English Language Learners

  • : words that are loud and aggressive


BLUSTER Defined for Kids

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bluster

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verb blus·ter \ˈblə-stər\

Definition of bluster for Students

blustered

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blustering

  1. 1 :  to talk or act in a noisy boastful way

  2. 2 :  to blow hard and noisily strong winds blustering


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bluster

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noun blus·ter

Definition of bluster for Students

  1. :  noisy violent action or speech



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