[ blurb ]
/ blɜrb /


a brief advertisement or announcement, especially a laudatory one: She wrote a good blurb for her friend's novel.

verb (used with object)

to advertise or praise in the manner of a blurb.

Nearby words

  1. blunt duct adenosis,
  2. blunthead,
  3. bluntly,
  4. bluntness,
  5. blur,
  6. blurry,
  7. blurt,
  8. blurt out,
  9. blush,
  10. blush wine

Origin of blurb

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; allegedly coined by F. G. Burgess

Related formsblurb·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blurb


/ (blɜːb) /


a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books

Word Origin for blurb

C20: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator

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Word Origin and History for blurb



used by U.S. scholar Brander Matthews (1852-1929) in 1906 in "American Character;" popularized 1907 by U.S. humorist Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951). Originally mocking excessive praise printed on book jackets.

Gelett Burgess, whose recent little book, "Are You a Bromide?" has been referred to above, then entertained the guests with some characteristic flashes of Burgessian humor. Referring to the word "blurb" on the wrapper of his book he said: "To 'blurb' is to make a sound like a publisher. The blurb was invented by Frank A. Munsey when he wrote on the front of his magazine in red ink 'I consider this number of Munsey's the hottest pie that ever came out of my bakery.' ... A blurb is a check drawn on Fame, and it is seldom honored.["] ["Publishers' Weekly," May 18, 1907]
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