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verb (used without object)
  1. to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
  2. to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to force or accomplish by blustering: He blustered his way through the crowd.
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  1. boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of the streets.
  2. noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk: bluff and bluster.
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Origin of bluster

1520–30; perhaps < Low German blustern, blüstern to blow violently; compare Old Norse blāstr blowing, hissing
Related formsblus·ter·er, nounblus·ter·ing·ly, adverbblus·ter·y, blus·ter·ous, adjectiveblus·ter·ous·ly, adverbout·blus·ter, verb (used with object)un·blus·ter·ous, adjectiveun·blus·ter·ous·ly, adverb

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Related Words for bluster

swagger, braggadocio, bravado, bulldoze, hector, yap, gloat, bombast, boasting, bluff, swaggering, crowing, rabidity, cow, boast, roar, crow, swell, brazen, strut

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British Dictionary definitions for bluster


  1. to speak or say loudly or boastfully
  2. to act in a bullying way
  3. (tr, foll by into) to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
  4. (intr) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
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  1. boisterous talk or action; swagger
  2. empty threats or protests
  3. a strong wind; gale
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Derived Formsblusterer, 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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Word Origin and History for bluster


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.

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1580s, from bluster (v.).

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