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Definition of gasbag

1 : a bag for holding gas
2 informal : an idle or garrulous talker

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Examples of gasbag in a Sentence

that gasbag will talk your ear off about anything
Recent Examples on the Web This propulsive focus led to his long, gasbag sentences, ballooned to maximize the present, but also to crowd out any thought of past obligations or future consequences. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "Life on the Road Is More Than Inspiration for Your Novel," 27 Aug. 2020 There’s a portrait of Balfour and Chamberlain, masters of Imperial Britain but at that moment slouching on the front bench of the House, listening to a gasbag. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things," 14 Mar. 2020 Howard Scott, a Greenwich Village gasbag, seized the moment to push his philosophy of technocracy. Philip Delves Broughton, WSJ, "‘Digital Cash’ Review: Bitcoin and Beyond," 23 June 2019 LaVar can be a weirdly entertaining gasbag, but consider his comments about his wife, who is recovering from a serious stroke. Scott Ostler,, "Thank Trump for overcoming the biggest obstacle to 2026 World Cup: Trump," 16 June 2018 Who knew De Niro's lasting role would be irrelevant gasbag pleasing irrelevant peers. Fox News, "Excitement builds in Singapore over historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un," 12 June 2018 East Lansing has Jaida Hampton, who won the Miss Basketball award, named after some old gasbag, and so much more. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Son of Swami, still on the run, picks girls basketball state semifinals," 14 Mar. 2018 McNair’s players got wind of this and assumed immediately their gasbag owner was fouling the air. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Houston Texans owner Bob McNair was wrong, and so are we," 30 Oct. 2017 Conservative gasbags talk a big game about the culture of personal responsibility, but become Herculean blame-shifters when anything blows up because of their actions. James Wolcott, The Hive, "How Will History Remember Bill O’Reilly?," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of gasbag

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gasbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gasbag

US, informal : a person who talks too much

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