bolster

[ bohl-ster ]
/ ˈboʊl stər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to support with or as with a pillow or cushion.
to add to, support, or uphold (sometimes followed by up): They bolstered their morale by singing. He bolstered up his claim with new evidence.

Nearby words

  1. bolshie,
  2. bolshoi ballet,
  3. bolshoi theater,
  4. bolshy,
  5. bolson,
  6. bolt,
  7. bolt boat,
  8. bolt from (out of) the blue,
  9. bolt from the blue, a,
  10. bolt hole

Origin of bolster

before 1000; Middle English bolstre (noun), Old English bolster; cognate with Old Norse bolstr, Dutch bolster, German Polster

Related formsbol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective

Synonym study

1. See cushion.

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British Dictionary definitions for bolster

bolster

/ (ˈbəʊlstə) /

verb (tr)

(often foll by up) to support or reinforce; strengthento bolster morale
to prop up with a pillow or cushion
to add padding toto bolster a dress

noun

Derived Formsbolsterer, nounbolstering, noun, adjective

Word Origin for bolster

Old English bolster; related to Old Norse bolstr, Old High German bolstar, Dutch bulster

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