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bluster

[bluhs-ter] /ˈblʌs tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
2.
to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests:
He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
verb (used with object)
3.
to force or accomplish by blustering:
He blustered his way through the crowd.
noun
4.
boisterous noise and violence:
the bluster of the streets.
5.
noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk:
bluff and bluster.
Origin
1520-1530
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
Synonyms
2. rant, brag, boast, gloat. 3. threaten, storm, bully.
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British Dictionary definitions for blustery

bluster

/ˈblʌstə/
verb
1.
to speak or say loudly or boastfully
2.
to act in a bullying way
3.
(transitive) foll by into. to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
4.
(intransitive) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
noun
5.
boisterous talk or action; swagger
6.
empty threats or protests
7.
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 blustery
adj.

1707, from bluster (n.) + -y (2). Blustering in this sense is recorded from 1510s.

bluster

v.

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.

n.

1580s, from bluster (v.).

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