AskDefine | Define bluster

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1 noisy confusion and turbulence; "he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations"
2 a swaggering show of courage [syn: bravado]
3 a violent gusty wind
4 vain and empty boasting [syn: braggadocio, rodomontade, rhodomontade]


1 blow hard; be gusty, as of wind; "A southeaster blustered onshore"; "The flames blustered"
2 show off [syn: boast, tout, swash, shoot a line, brag, gas, blow, vaunt, gasconade]
3 act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner [syn: swagger, swash]

User Contributed Dictionary




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



Derived terms


  1. To speak or protest loudly.
    When confronted by opposition his reaction was to bluster, which often cowed the meek.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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