wind·​bag | \ˈwin(d)-ˌbag \

Definition of windbag 

: an exhaustively talkative person

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Examples of windbag in a Sentence

with a windbag like that, who needs a wind farm to meet our energy needs?

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Göring does not seem to care about anything, that windbag. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Gudrun Burwitz, Ever-Loyal Daughter of Himmler, Is Dead at 88," 6 July 2018 Are Douthat, Robin, and others right in dismissing Trump as just a windbag? Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Presidents’ Words Can Be Lasting Deeds," 12 Feb. 2018 Even that old windbag Polonius, played by Robert Joy, is less a bombastic grandstander than a dry-as-dust martinet. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Michael Urie Puts the Madcap in Hamlet’s Madness," 23 Jan. 2018 For the seventh time in 13 years, a hurricane is trying to re-arrange the Tigers' season, this one a waterlogged windbag named Harvey, who supposedly will be emptying himself over Houston and south Texas through next Wednesday. Ron Higgins,, "If it's hurricane season, it must be time for LSU football to not start," 27 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of windbag

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windbag

: a person who talks too much

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