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  1. Informal. an empty, voluble, pretentious talker.
  2. the bag of a bagpipe.
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Origin of windbag

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at wind1, bag
Related formswind·bag·ger·y, noun
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Related Words for windbag

braggart, boaster, blowhard, know-it-all, bragger, gasbag, jabberer, gascon, motor-mouth

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British Dictionary definitions for windbag


  1. slang a voluble person who has little of interest to communicate
  2. the bag in a set of bagpipes, which provides a continuous flow of air to the pipes
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Word Origin and History for windbag


late 15c., "bellows for an organ," from wind (n.1) + bag (n.). Figurative sense of "person who talks too much" is attested from 1827.

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