Origin of bombast
Examples from the Web for bombast
In the midst of all her bombast, I suddenly saw her as the sad, lonely old woman she was.Oswald’s Mother Was a Thoroughly Disagreeable Piece of Work|Steve North|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Bombast was trumping originality and critics were at the end of their ropes with it.A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash|Kevin Fallon|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A few weeks later the target of his bombast had been expanded to all mental health patients.Amnesty International U.K. Board Chairman Resigns Over Crude Jokes|Nico Hines|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was to be Iran's moderate president, reflecting public sentiment to avoid the bombast of the erstwhile Ahmadinejad.
The line captures the intriguing paradox that is West, a mélange of petulance, bombast, unintentional—or intentional?Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force|Marlow Stern|June 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We have no longer the bombast and unreality of the revolutionary epic.The Earl of Beaconsfield|James Anthony Froude
The declamation sometimes shows Dryden at his best, the bombast and horrors are in Lee's worst vein.Tragedy|Ashley H. Thorndike
This utterly surprising rejoinder was given without a suspicion of concern or bombast.Jewel Mysteries|Max Pemberton
He tried to cover his errors by brags and bombast, which became ridiculous, and which are yet not without significance.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)|Leslie Stephen
He was betrayed into this bombast, which his better taste rejected, by the attempt to carry on the hyperbolical strain of Statius.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1|Alexander Pope
British Dictionary definitions for bombast
Word Origin for bombast
Word Origin and History for bombast
1560s, "cotton padding," corrupted from earlier bombace (1550s), from Old French bombace "cotton, cotton wadding," from Late Latin bombacem, accusative of bombax "cotton, 'linteorum aut aliae quaevis quisquiliae,' " a corruption and transferred use of Latin bombyx "silk," from Greek bombyx "silk, silkworm" (which also came to mean "cotton" in Medieval Greek), from some oriental word, perhaps related to Iranian pambak (modern panba) or Armenian bambok, perhaps ultimately from a PIE root meaning "to twist, wind." From stuffing and padding for clothes or upholstery, meaning extended to "pompous, empty speech" (1580s).
Also from the same source are Swedish bomull, Danish bomuld "cotton," and, via Turkish forms, Modern Greek mpampaki, Rumanian bumbac, Serbo-Croatian pamuk. German baumwolle "cotton" is probably from the Latin word but altered by folk-etymology to look like "tree wool." Polish bawełna, Lithuanian bovelna are partial translations from German.