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bluster (ˈblʌstə



  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



  1. boisterous talk or action; swagger
  2. empty threats or protests
  3. a strong wind; gale

Derived Forms

ˈblusterer  noun
ˈblustering  noun, adjective
ˈblusteringly, or ˈblusterously  adverb
ˈblustery, or ˈblusterous  adjective

Word Origin

C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently


View thesaurus entry
= boast, swagger, talk big (slang)
= hot air, boasting, bluff, swagger, swaggering (informal), bravado, bombast

Translations for 'bluster'

  • British English: bluster If you say that someone is blustering, you mean that they are speaking aggressively but without authority, often because they are angry or offended. VERB'That's lunacy,' he blustered.He was still blustering, but there was panic in his eyes.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: resmungar
  • Chinese: 咆哮
  • European Spanish: bravuconear
  • French: tempêter
  • German: toben
  • Italian: parlare in tono minaccioso
  • Japanese: 怒鳴り散らす
  • Korean: 엄포를 놓다
  • Portuguese: resmungar
  • Spanish: bravuconear

Example Sentences Including 'bluster'

And yet, as much as he raged, a small inner voice told him it was all bluster : his rage was really with himself.
Stewart, Michael Grace
He failed to find a suitable simile, and his attempt to bluster petered out.
Harcourt, Palma A Matter of Conscience
"'Look here," Lanning covered definite pessimism with bluster , `we've done what you asked.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2


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