- 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
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Examples from the Web for blustery
Middleton's navy MaxMara jacket and Orla Kiely skirt, however, were no match for the blustery weather.Ann Demeulemeester to Exit Namesake Label; Kate Middleton Pulls a Marilyn Monroe
The Fashion Beast Team
November 20, 2013
By turns bossy, blustery, and self-deprecating, Frida insinuates herself into every aspect of the place.Caught in Her Mind: Fiona McFarlane’s ‘The Night Guest’
October 7, 2013
A blustery man I met when I was young, a painter, came up with a sentence he liked to say because he believed it was true.Constructive Criticism: Reviewing the Idea of Reviewing
May 20, 2013
And Winpisinger was a piece of work: a blustery, belligerent, union militant.What Was Big Labor?
June 7, 2012
Joo delivered a fairly specific, but blustery, private proposal from the North Koreans.The Bush Administration’s Secret Link to North Korea
Aram Roston, Tara McKelvey
February 7, 2012
Its climate, except for a few months of summer, is raw and blustery.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
The next night was a dirty one—no rain to speak of, but dark and blustery.The Hero of Garside School</p>
J. Harwood Panting
When he reached Cincinnati it was snowing, a windy, blustery snow.Jennie Gerhardt
A fine, calm day, though cold, had succeeded the blustery one.Ned Wilding's Disappearance
And like a puff of wholesome, blustery wind the doctor was off.Heart of the West</p>
- 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
Word Origin and History for blustery
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.).