wind·​bag | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌbag How to pronounce windbag (audio) \

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?
Recent Examples on the Web More: How Rand Paul went from calling Donald Trump an 'orange windbag' to being a devout disciple That put all eyes on Murkowski, whose vote could have forced a 50-50 tie. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell secures enough GOP votes to block Trump impeachment witnesses," 31 Jan. 2020 Some combination of deliberate tactics and the unprecedented loathing of his opponents causes anything bombastic, silly, or overly self-centered to be played up and employed to reinforce the caricature of him as a blustering, narcissistic windbag. Conrad Black, National Review, "Trump’s Only Real Weakness Is His Style," 11 Sep. 2019 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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3 Feb 2020

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“Windbag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of windbag

informal + disapproving : a person who talks too much

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