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blurb

[blurb] /blɜrb/
noun
1.
a brief advertisement or announcement, especially a laudatory one:
She wrote a good blurb for her friend's novel.
verb (used with object)
2.
to advertise or praise in the manner of a blurb.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; allegedly coined by F. G. Burgess
Related forms
blurbist, noun
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Examples for blurb
  • There's an important nuance that's missed in this blurb.
  • Agree with other posters as to somewhat sensationalist nature of this little blurb.
  • She does not appear to be part of this genre's blurb brigade.
British Dictionary definitions for blurb

blurb

/blɜːb/
noun
1.
a promotional description, as found on the jackets of books
Word Origin
C20: coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator
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Contemporary definitions for blurb
noun

See pull-quote

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Word Origin and History for blurb
blurb
1907, coined by U.S. humorist Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) to mock excessive praise printed on book jackets. But also sometimes attributed to U.S. scholar Brander Matthews (1852-1929).
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Slang definitions & phrases for blurb

blurb

noun

A statement in praise of something or somebody; esp an encomious passage from a book or theater review, used as advertising

[1910+; said to have been coined by Gelett Burgess (1866–1951), US humorist and illustrator; also attributed to Brander Matthews (1852–1929), US scholar and critic]


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