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bluster

[bluhs-ter] /ˈblʌs tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
2.
to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests:
He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
verb (used with object)
3.
to force or accomplish by blustering:
He blustered his way through the crowd.
noun
4.
boisterous noise and violence:
the bluster of the streets.
5.
noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk:
bluff and bluster.
Origin of bluster
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps < Low German blustern, blüstern to blow violently; compare Old Norse blāstr blowing, hissing
Related forms
blusterer, noun
blusteringly, adverb
blustery, blusterous, adjective
blusterously, adverb
outbluster, verb (used with object)
unblusterous, adjective
unblusterously, adverb
Synonyms
2. rant, brag, boast, gloat. 3. threaten, storm, bully.
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Examples from the Web for bluster
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  • Oh, you may bluster, but you won't change my view of things, I can tell you.

  • Not all this was bluster, for his figures were in the main correct.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • It is at any rate that sort of "bluster" at which the justice and humanity of a loyal Englishman must take alarm.

    A Leap in the Dark A.V. Dicey
  • Not bluster, nor even passion, but the stir of the people's heart.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • Ned Barker was like a thousand other boys of fourteen, all legs, blunder, and bluster.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for bluster

bluster

/ˈblʌstə/
verb
1.
to speak or say loudly or boastfully
2.
to act in a bullying way
3.
(transitive) foll by into. to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
4.
(intransitive) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
noun
5.
boisterous talk or action; swagger
6.
empty threats or protests
7.
a strong wind; gale
Derived Forms
blusterer, noun
blustering, noun, adjective
blusteringly, blusterously, adverb
blustery, blusterous, adjective
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently
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Word Origin and History for bluster
v.

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.

n.

1580s, from bluster (v.).

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