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bluster

[ bluhs-ter ]
/ ˈblʌs tər /
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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.

noun

boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of the streets.
noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk: bluff and bluster.

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Origin of bluster

First recorded in 1520–30; perhaps from Low German blustern, blüstern “to blow violently”; compare Old Norse blāstr “blowing, hissing”

OTHER WORDS FROM bluster

blus·ter·er, nounblus·ter·ing·ly, adverbblus·ter·y, blus·ter·ous, adjectiveout·blus·ter, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for bluster

bluster
/ (ˈblʌstə) /

verb

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

noun

Derived forms of bluster

blusterer, nounblustering, noun, adjectiveblusteringly or blusterously, adverbblustery or blusterous, adjective

Word Origin for bluster

C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently
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