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Definition of the noun bluster

What does bluster mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: blusters

  1. noisy confusion and turbulence
    • example: he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: confusion = disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
  2. a swaggering show of courage
  3. a violent gusty wind
  4. vain and empty boasting

Alternative definition of the noun bluster


  1. Pompous, officious talk.
  2. A gust of wind.
  3. Fitful noise and violence.

Definition of the verb bluster

What does bluster mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: blustered | blustering | blusters

  1. blow hard; be gusty, as of wind
    • examples: A southeaster blustered onshore | The flames blustered
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • more generic word: blow = be blowing or storming
  2. show off
  3. act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of bluster: swagger / swash
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior

Alternative definition of the verb bluster


  1. To speak or protest loudly.
  2. To blow in strong or sudden gusts.


Bluster is a musical group.

  • album: "First Thrills"


  1. "Bluster" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Bluster" is a musical single of Salt.
    • released in (21 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bluster

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Google previewProceedings of the American Society of Civil Engineers (1906)

Bluster is the outward expression of pure cowardice. The brave are quiet and use few words. Of these three great qualities it may be said that, as a rule, honesty is a matter of course with a technical graduate; capacity can be trained into him, ...

Google previewRebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific (2013)

A 21st-Century Strategy by Robbin F. Laird, Edward Timperlake, Richard Weitz

” The practical issue behind nuke bluster is that the real The Way Ahead 361.

Google previewThe Contemporary Review (1902)

To bluster is a physical relief to blood always overheated by respectable excess and not tamed by bodily labour. It is an expensive luxury even now, but one for which a place is generally found in the agricultural budget. Under the suggested ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

BLUSTER, v. & n. From blast, blastan, BLUs'TERER, to blow; to roar boisBLUs'TER ING, terously, ...

Google previewThe standard pronouncing dictionary of the English language (1867)

by P Austin Nuttall

To bluster ; to bully ; — v.a. To subdue by threats ; — s. An empty boast ; a bluster.— s. Swaggerer, Swaggering. Swag'gy, a. Dependent by its weight. Sw.'iii, {swan) s. A young man ; a rustic ; a peasant ; a pastoral youth ; a lover.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1913)

With a New Atlas of the World : a Work of General Reference in All Departments of Knowledge

fanfa, bluster, boasting, prob. (Ar.farfar, talkative. Cf. fan'aron.] 1. A flourish of trumpets, either in unting, in martial assemblages, or in the course of a musical work; a noisy flourish. Fanfares by aerial trumpets blown. Longfellow, Falcon of ...

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Quotes about Bluster

Bluster, sputter, question, cavil; but be sure your argument be intricate enough to confound the court. (William Wycherley)
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Scrabble value of B3L1U1S1T1E1R1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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