windbag

[ wind-bag ]
/ ˈwɪndˌbæg /

noun

Informal. an empty, voluble, pretentious talker.
the bag of a bagpipe.

Nearby words

  1. wind-swept,
  2. windable,
  3. windage,
  4. windaus,
  5. windaus, adolf,
  6. windbaggery,
  7. windbill,
  8. windblast,
  9. windblown,
  10. windbound

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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British Dictionary definitions for windbaggery

windbaggery

/ (ˈwɪndˌbæɡərɪ) /

noun

informal lengthy talk or discussion with little or no interesting content

windbag

/ (ˈwɪndˌbæɡ) /

noun

slang a voluble person who has little of interest to communicate
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 windbaggery

windbag

n.

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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