speech too pompous for an occasion; pretentious words.
Obsolete. cotton or other material used to stuff garments; padding.
Obsolete, bombastic.

1560–70; earlier bombace padding < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombācem, accusative of bombāx; see bombax family Unabridged
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bombast (ˈbɒmbæst)
1.  pompous and grandiloquent language
2.  obsolete material used for padding
[C16: from Old French bombace, from Medieval Latin bombāx cotton; see bombacaceous]

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Main Entry:  bombast1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  inflated language or speech
Etymology:  Old French bombace 'cotton wadding'
Main Entry:  bombast1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to inflate one's speech
Etymology:  Old French bombace 'cotton wadding'
Main Entry:  bombast2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  stuffing or padding, esp. of cotton
Etymology:  Old French bombace 'cotton wadding'
Main Entry:  bombast2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to stuff or pad
Etymology:  Old French bombace 'cotton wadding''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1560s, "cotton padding," corrupted from earlier bombace (1550s), from O.Fr. bombace "cotton, cotton wadding," from L.L. bombacem, acc. of bombax "cotton, 'linteorum aut aliae quaevis quisquiliae,' " a corruption and transferred use of L. bombyx "silk," from Gk. bombyx "silk, silkworm" (which also came
to mean "cotton" in Medieval Gk.), from some oriental word, perhaps related to Iranian pambak (modern panba) or Armenian bambok, perhaps ultimately from a PIE root meaning "to twist, wind." From stuffing and padding for clothes or upholstery, meaning extended to "pompous, empty speech" (1580s). Also from the same source are Swed. bomull, Dan. bomuld "cotton," and, via Turkish forms, Mod.Gk. mpampaki, Romanian bumbac, Serbo-Cr. pamuk. Ger. baumwolle "cotton" is probably from the Latin word but altered by folk-etymology to look like "tree wool." Pol. bawelna, Lith. bovelna are partial translations from German.
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Example sentences
And during that decade, no bluster or bombast was necessary.
Outsiders face a mix of bombast about these new business lines and wobbliness.
The hype that afflicts the software industry is nothing, compared with
  biotech's bombast.
He delivers his stories with self-mythologising bombast.
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