- 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
1520–30; perhaps < Low German blustern, blüstern to blow violently; compare Old Norse blāstr blowing, hissing
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2. rant, brag, boast, gloat. 3. threaten, storm, bully.
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Examples from the Web for blusterous
He was blusterous and garrulous and, to Burgess' amazement, not at all amused.New Faces
Blusterous Person (who has forced a cigar on unwilling Club acquaintance).
It is generally (not always) a more or less crazy idea, but one hails it as an oasis in the desert of blusterous commonplace.Gems (?) of German Thought
Thomas Batchgrew's blusterous voice frankly showed acute irritation.The Price of Love
A blusterous wind had risen during the day, and still continued to increase.Two on a Tower
- 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
C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently
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Word Origin and History for blusterous
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.).
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