Definition of bluster in English:

bluster

Syllabification: blus·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbləstər
 
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verb

[no object]
1Talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant way with little effect: you threaten and bluster, but won’t carry it through [with direct speech]: “I don’t care what he says,” I blustered (as adjective blustering) a blustering bully
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  • The government blustered, threatened, and finally publicly admitted that the students were right.
  • And when he finally appeared, he blustered and brayed, losing none of the stonewalling qualities that had marked his time in politics.
  • My own view would be to let him bluster, let him rant and rave all he wants, and let that be a matter between he and his own country.
Synonyms
rant, rave, thunder, bellow, sound off; be overbearing
informal throw one's weight around/about
1.1(Of a storm, wind, or rain) blow or beat fiercely and noisily: a winter gale blustered against the sides of the house (as adjective blustering) the blustering wind
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  • The wind is blustering through the trees outside, and every so often assails the outside walls of my house as if testing their fortitude.
  • The arctic wind blustering over the Baltic Sea is biting, teeth-chattering cold.
  • The rain blusters under the roof and I think I feel the bridge collapsing under me.
Synonyms
blast, gust, storm, roar, rush

noun

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Loud, aggressive, or indignant talk with little effect: their threats contained a measure of bluster
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  • The answer, it turns out, has something to do with excess humbug production and a decline in the exchange rate between bluster and bombast.
  • Self-reference - not to speak of bluster or bragging - was at the zero level, as were all other forms of showmanship.
  • No amount of imperial bluster, disciplined armies or powerful artillery trains could impress these hardened tribes.
Synonyms
ranting, thundering, hectoring, bullying; bombast, bravado, bumptiousness, braggadocio

Origin

late Middle English: ultimately imitative.

Derivatives

blusterer

noun
More example sentences
  • What I'm talking about are serial losers and bamboozlers, serial frauds and fakes, serial blusterers and blowhards.
  • It's a dubious, lop-sided kind of integrity at best - but at least this bullying blusterer of a politician was prepared to take action and not wring his hands in the face of a rising tide of simplistic, fear-driven politics.
  • In both cases, when the going got tough, the blusterers got out.

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