[ bom-bas-tik ]
/ bɒmˈbæs tɪk /


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

Examples from the Web for bombastically

  • He was moody, excitable, he drank more brandy than I was prepared to; he talked most bombastically.

    The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.
  • "And we'll do some shooting, if we have to," added Tad, bombastically.

    The Rover Boys on Treasure Isle|Edward Stratemeyer (AKA Arthur M. Winfield)
  • "'Twas a feat worthy of Hubert himself," said the Sheriff, bombastically, to the Prince.

    Robin Hood|Paul Creswick

Word Origin and History for bombastically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper