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blurb

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noun
  1. a brief advertisement or announcement, especially a laudatory one: She wrote a good blurb for her friend's novel.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to advertise or praise in the manner of a blurb.
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Origin of blurb

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; allegedly coined by F. G. Burgess
Related formsblurb·ist, noun
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  • It—it's just the sort of thing we call a 'blurb,' Miss West!

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple

  • Herman had the wild thought that they were blurb writers whose jobs had gone to their heads.

    Freudian Slip

    Franklin Abel

  • Front matter consisting of a blurb and a list of other publications by the author has been moved to the end of the text.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • Matson read that blurb in an official press release and laughed cynically.

    Assassin

    Jesse Franklin Bone


British Dictionary definitions for blurb

blurb

noun
  1. a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books
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Word Origin

C20: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator
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Word Origin and History for blurb

n.

used by U.S. scholar Brander Matthews (1852-1929) in 1906 in "American Character;" popularized 1907 by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951). Originally mocking excessive praise printed on book jackets.

Gelett Burgess, whose recent little book, "Are You a Bromide?" has been referred to above, then entertained the guests with some characteristic flashes of Burgessian humor. Referring to the word "blurb" on the wrapper of his book he said: "To 'blurb' is to make a sound like a publisher. The blurb was invented by Frank A. Munsey when he wrote on the front of his magazine in red ink 'I consider this number of Munsey's the hottest pie that ever came out of my bakery.' ... A blurb is a check drawn on Fame, and it is seldom honored.["] ["Publishers' Weekly," May 18, 1907]
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