- to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
- to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
- to force or accomplish by blustering: He blustered his way through the crowd.
- boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of the streets.
- noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk: bluff and bluster.
Origin of bluster
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Examples from the Web for bluster
Consequently, the ones who suffer the brunt of your bluster are not Muslims in other nations that you may want to influence.After Maher-Affleck, We Need an Honest—and Calm—Dialogue on Islam
October 10, 2014
But bluster was all it was: Carter entered and left the building without incident.After Uproar, No One Shows To Protest Jimmy Carter At Yeshiva University
April 10, 2013
This is, of course, bluster, yet the harsh words come at a particularly sensitive moment.‘The State of War’—Kim Jong-un’s Bombastic, and Ominous, Bluster
Gordon G. Chang
March 30, 2013
The movement has gotten by on cliché and bluster and Scotch tape.The Case for Transformation
January 23, 2013
By contrast, George W. Bush launched two disastrous wars, and in so doing gave GOP bluster a bad name.Romney Response to Egypt Embassy Attack Makes It Easy for Obama
September 13, 2012
In any case, he saw that there was nothing he could hope to gain by violence or bluster.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
"I don't know and I don't care," Barnes answered with a weak attempt at bluster.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
But he of The Blunder and Bluster was a much higher style of man.
I, who whip round corners and bluster, relapse and evade, then rally and pursue!The Golden Age
Mr. Hapgood's bluster collapsed, like a punctured toy balloon.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
- to speak or say loudly or boastfully
- to act in a bullying way
- (tr, foll by into) to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
- (intr) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
- boisterous talk or action; swagger
- empty threats or protests
- a strong wind; gale
Word Origin and History for bluster
late 14c., from a Low German source, e.g. Middle Low German blüstren "to blow violently," East Frisian blüstern "to bluster" (see blow (v.1)). Related: Blustered; blustering.
1580s, from bluster (v.).