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.

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Origin of bolster

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

synonym study for bolster

1. See cushion.

OTHER WORDS FROM bolster

bol·ster·er, nounun·bol·ster, verb (used with object)un·bol·stered, adjective
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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 forms of bolster

bolsterer, 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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