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bluster (ˈblʌstə Pronunciation for bluster



  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, ˈblusterously adverb
ˈblustery, ˈblusterous adjective

Word Origin

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

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'

"'Look here," Lanning covered definite pessimism with bluster , `we've done what you asked.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
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
However, analysts said a mini-summit in Brussels of Iraq-war opponents appeared to have had more bluster than substance.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
I tried to bluster my way out of trouble but was eventually forced to plead guilty as charged.
Frankie Dettori with Jonathan Powell FRANKIE: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (2004)
Not everyone's interested in listening to politicians bluster on about what they're going to do for them.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Whatever the bluster , however, there seems little chance of a crackdown taking place.
Spiked (2004)


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