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[bluhs-ter] /ˈblʌs tər/
verb (used without object)
to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests:
He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
verb (used with object)
to force or accomplish by blustering:
He blustered his way through the crowd.
boisterous noise and violence:
the bluster of the streets.
noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk:
bluff and bluster.
Origin of bluster
1520-30; perhaps < Low German blustern, blüstern to blow violently; compare Old Norse blāstr blowing, hissing
Related forms
blusterer, noun
blusteringly, adverb
blustery, blusterous, adjective
blusterously, adverb
outbluster, verb (used with object)
unblusterous, adjective
unblusterously, adverb
2. rant, brag, boast, gloat. 3. threaten, storm, bully. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bluster
  • In fact, it might even be characterized as largely bluster.
  • Learn from it, and don't bluster yourself to a point where you quote song lyrics to comfort some degree of arrogance.
  • That's why it's so much fun to sit back and watch everyone bluster whenever this subject comes up.
  • Amid clouds of misstatements he relies almost wholly on insinuation and bluster.
  • Bill knew that he'd been caught and couldn't bluster his way out of it.
  • His case gave a glimpse of what might have been, without the bluster by two sides that refused to yield.
  • So began a successful career of bluster and pronouncement.
  • The government's response has been to stall, bluster and accuse its accusers of racism.
  • Its negotiating style is marked by bluster, foot-dragging, blackmail and brinkmanship.
  • But in fact he may never have uttered those precise words, and there is both ambiguity and calculation behind the bluster.
British Dictionary definitions for bluster


to speak or say loudly or boastfully
to act in a bullying way
(transitive) foll by into. to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
(intransitive) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
boisterous talk or action; swagger
empty threats or protests
a strong wind; gale
Derived Forms
blusterer, noun
blustering, noun, adjective
blusteringly, blusterously, adverb
blustery, blusterous, adjective
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently
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Word Origin and History for bluster

late 14c., from a Low German source, e.g. Middle Low German blüstren "to blow violently," East Frisian blüstern "to bluster" (see blow (v.1)). Related: Blustered; blustering.


1580s, from bluster (v.).

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