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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 blustered
Historical Examples
  • And all that time they had submitted to be bullied and blustered at.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • "That's just what I was askin' him, sir," blustered the workman.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The other looked into his eyes and quailed, but blustered to the end.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • "Well, she can't leave until her board is paid," he blustered.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman

    Emma Speed Sampson
  • "This way," blustered Marjorie, heading for the kitchen quarter.

  • "That boy is to remain here," blustered Tucker, growing red in the face.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • He blustered about killing him, as if the boy were on the road to perdition.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • When the Emperor heard his safe-conduct had been disgracefully broken, he blustered.

    John Hus William Dallmann
  • "My character is known all over the State," blustered Magnus.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "But the fence is all tied up with red rags," blustered the angry fellow.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for blustered

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 blustered

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.

bluster

n.

1580s, from bluster (v.).

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