[ wind-bag ]
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  1. Informal.Also called bag of wind [wind] /wɪnd/ . an empty, voluble, pretentious talker.

  2. the bag of a bagpipe.

Origin of windbag

A late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at wind1, bag

Other words from windbag

  • wind·bag·ger·y, noun

Words Nearby windbag Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use windbag in a sentence

  • Carlyle thought Darwin a poor creature, and Comte regarded Hegel himself as an empty windbag.

    Falling in Love | Grant Allen
  • A regular braggart and empty windbag, he had taken but one good care, and that was of his own skin.

    El Dorado | Baroness Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for windbag


/ (ˈwɪndˌbæɡ) /

  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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