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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 blusterous
Historical Examples
  • He was blusterous and garrulous and, to Burgess' amazement, not at all amused.

    New Faces Myra Kelly
  • The miller was a blusterous fellow, who could swear in lusty anger and laugh in boisterous sport in a single breath.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Thomas Batchgrew's blusterous voice frankly showed acute irritation.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • In the early March days, when the winds were keen and blusterous, Mr. Williams died; his end was very sudden.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • blusterous Person (who has forced a cigar on unwilling Club acquaintance).

  • His blusterous beginning ended in a speculating glance at her mouth.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • Hebron is, to use the expressive term of the Newfoundland fishermen, a "blusterous" place.

    With the Harmony to Labrador Benjamin La Trobe
  • It is generally (not always) a more or less crazy idea, but one hails it as an oasis in the desert of blusterous commonplace.

  • A blusterous wind had risen during the day, and still continued to increase.

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for blusterous


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
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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