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Friday, June 22, 2001

Definitions for bloviate

  1. To speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner.

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Citations for bloviate
Anyone who has ever spent an idle morning watching the Washington talk shows has probably wondered: how did these people become entitled to earn six-figure salaries bloviating about the week's headlines? Robert Worth, New York Times
After five years as president and thirty years as a political figure, this colossal oaf is still unable to discipline his urge to . . . bloviate. R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., American Spectator
Origin of bloviate
Bloviate is from blow + a mock-Latinate suffix -viate. Compare blowhard, "a boaster or braggart." Bloviation is the noun form; a bloviator is one who bloviates.