[ bom-bas-tik ]
/ bɒmˈbæs tɪk /


(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.

Nearby words

  1. bombardier beetle,
  2. bombardment,
  3. bombardon,
  4. bombasine,
  5. bombast,
  6. bombax family,
  7. bombay,
  8. bombay duck,
  9. bombay hills,
  10. bombazine

Also bom·bas·ti·cal.

Origin of bombastic

First recorded in 1695–1705; bombast + -ic

Related formsbom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·bom·bas·tic, adjectiveun·bom·bas·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Synonym study

Bombastic, flowery, pretentious, verbose all describe a use or a user of language more elaborate than is justified by or appropriate to the content being expressed. Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment being expressed: a bombastic sermon on the evils of cardplaying. Flowery describes language filled with extravagant images and ornate expressions: a flowery eulogy. Pretentious refers specifically to language that is purposely inflated in an effort to impress: a pretentious essay designed to demonstrate one's sophistication. Verbose characterizes utterances or speakers that use more words than necessary to express an idea: a verbose speech, speaker. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for bombastic



1704, "inflated," from bombast + -ic. Meaning "given to bombastic language" is from 1727.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper