[ bom-bast ]
/ ˈbɒm bæst /


speech too pompous for an occasion; pretentious words.
Obsolete. cotton or other material used to stuff garments; padding.


Obsolete. bombastic.

Origin of bombast

1560–70; earlier bombace padding < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombācem, accusative of bombāx; see bombax family Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bombast

/ (ˈbɒmbæst) /


pompous and grandiloquent language
obsolete material used for padding

Derived forms of bombast

bombastic, adjectivebombastically, adverb

Word Origin for bombast

C16: from Old French bombace, from Medieval Latin bombāx cotton; see bombacaceous
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