bluster


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)

  1. to force or accomplish by blustering: He blustered his way through the crowd.

noun

  1. boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of the streets.
  2. noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk: bluff and bluster.

verb

  1. to speak or say loudly or boastfully
  2. to act in a bullying way
  3. (tr, foll by into) to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
  4. (intr) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty

noun

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