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bombast

[ bom-bast ]
/ ˈbɒm bæst /
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noun

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

adjective

Obsolete. bombastic.

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Origin of bombast

1560–70; earlier bombace padding <Middle French <Medieval Latin bombācem, accusative of bombāx;see bombax family
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British Dictionary definitions for bombast

bombast
/ (ˈbɒmbæst) /

noun

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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