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[blair] /blɛər/
verb (used without object), blared, blaring.
to emit a loud, raucous sound:
The trumpets blared as the procession got under way.
verb (used with object), blared, blaring.
to sound loudly; proclaim noisily:
We sat there horrified as the radio blared the awful news.
a loud, raucous noise:
The blare of the band made conversation impossible.
glaring intensity of light or color:
A blare of sunlight flooded the room as she opened the shutters.
fanfare; flourish; ostentation; flamboyance:
a new breakfast cereal proclaimed with all the blare of a Hollywood spectacle.
Eastern New England. the bawl of a calf.
Origin of blare
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English bleren; akin to Middle Dutch blaren, Middle Low German blarren, Middle High German blerren (German plärren)
1, 3. blast, bellow, roar, clang, clamor; screech, honk. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for blaring
  • The current method of summoning help involve speakers constantly blaring loud beeping sound both day and night.
  • He was called to the neighborhood after residents reported a pickup circling round and round, blaring loud music.
  • Walking through the space there was a cacophony of blaring news reports for various channels.
  • Government trucks racing through village streets blaring warnings didn't do it.
  • Small wonder that in many bottled versions tea is a nearly forgotten background to blaring fruit flavors.
  • He describes being shackled close to the floor in an interrogation room for hours with music blaring and lights in his face.
  • Still, to see it blaring so at the supermarket checkout lane was annoying.
  • We loved the food tray clipped to the car window, the loudspeaker blaring on the door below.
  • We sit and have a coffee in a noisy bar blaring hip-hop music.
  • The blaring horns seemed to inter-mingle and cohere into a musical accompaniment to the performances in the hearing room.
British Dictionary definitions for blaring


to sound loudly and harshly
to proclaim loudly and sensationally
a loud and usually harsh or grating noise
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch bleren; of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for blaring

mid-15c., from present participle of blare. Of things other than sounds, from 1866.



late 14c., bleren "to wail," possibly from an unrecorded Old English *blæren, or from Middle Dutch bleren "to bleat, cry, bawl, shout." Probably echoic, either way. Related: Blared; blaring. As a noun from 1809, from the verb.

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