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[bluhs-ter] /ˈblʌs tər/
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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
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
2. rant, brag, boast, gloat. 3. threaten, storm, bully. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blustered
Historical Examples
  • Thereupon a young sprig, from the East, blustered like a Shanghai rooster, and began to sass the conductor with his chin music.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • He blustered about killing him, as if the boy were on the road to perdition.

    The Dead Command Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • "I don't know what you're talking about," blustered Captain Brisco.

  • "My character is known all over the State," blustered Magnus.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • "I haven't got time to talk with you," blustered the contractor.

    The Short Line War Samuel Merwin
  • "That's just what I was askin' him, sir," blustered the workman.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Even here, the Germans and Austrians blustered and tried to order us about.

    Our Little Czecho-Slovak Cousin Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
  • "This way," blustered Marjorie, heading for the kitchen quarter.

  • "Say, be careful of what you say, young man," blustered the quack.

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "That boy is to remain here," blustered Tucker, growing red in the face.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for blustered


to speak or say loudly or boastfully
to act in a bullying way
(transitive) foll by into. to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
(intransitive) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
boisterous talk or action; swagger
empty threats or protests
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blustered



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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