[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for blustery


/ (ˈblʌstə) /


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


Derived Forms

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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