Definition of bluster in English:



  • 1Talk in a loud, aggressive, or indignant way with little effect.

    ‘you threaten and bluster, but won't carry it through’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘I don't care what he says,’ I blustered’
    • ‘‘This is the end of phase one of this fight,’ he blusters, ‘but the fight will go on and we will be in it together.’’
    • ‘He has been blustering for decades that you can control people if you just hit them hard enough and cow them.’
    • ‘Although he blustered about a ‘show trial’ and a ‘kangaroo court’, he was devastated to be thrown out of the party.’
    • ‘When governments bluster, then citizens grow powerful.’
    • ‘The more they blustered, the more unconvincing they sounded.’
    • ‘Jay started blustering around telling anyone who'd listen, and there weren't many volunteers, that the mess from the earlier food fight would have to be cleared up.’
    • ‘Howard blustered about mad officials meddling in people's lives and undermining plain common sense and individual responsibility.’
    • ‘He cussed and blustered and took the second option.’
    • ‘I bet if I excused myself to go to the bathroom, he would still be blustering when I got back.’
    • ‘‘Well,’ she blusters, ‘we've tried to add more depth and twists to our styles and fits to reinvent the market for younger customers.’’
    • ‘‘Well, I'm sorry,’ I blustered, ‘But I really don't have any more change.’’
    • ‘He blustered on about my trespassing gall, how I'd unsettled his half-starving cattle.’
    • ‘The government blustered, threatened, and finally publicly admitted that the students were right.’
    • ‘And when he finally appeared, he blustered and brayed, losing none of the stonewalling qualities that had marked his time in politics.’
    • ‘‘Yeah, but, there's not much work out there for people in your field at the moment, something might come along next week that would be great for you and you'd miss out,’ he blusters.’
    • ‘‘Young chap over there,’ he blusters, gesturing towards the panoramic windows with his drink.’
    • ‘My own view would be to let him bluster, let him rant and rave all he wants, and let that be a matter between he and his own country.’
    • ‘I blustered on for a bit, but after a while I had to admit that when you thought about it - as opposed to shooting from the lip - it did make sense.’
    • ‘He blustered and ranted, and I merely watched him like a parent and a child with a temper.’
    • ‘‘Very, very few,’ Clarke finally blustered, to a snort from his interviewer.’
    rant, thunder
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  • 2(of a storm, wind, or rain) blow or beat fiercely and noisily.

    ‘a winter gale blustered against the sides of the house’
    ‘the blustering wind’
    • ‘The grass on the top was long and swayed in the winds that blustered over the downs.’
    • ‘The burglar causes me to bark, that and the sheer pleasure of resounding, when the torches flare and the winds bluster.’
    • ‘The wind is blustering through the trees outside, and every so often assails the outside walls of my house as if testing their fortitude.’
    • ‘When the blustering wind and swirling snow make sledding and building snowmen feel like work, ditch your icy mittens and spend the afternoon by a warm stove, sipping hot chocolate and munching on cookies.’
    • ‘A hot wind blustered up the track, informing her that the train was arriving.’
    • ‘The arctic wind blustering over the Baltic Sea is biting, teeth-chattering cold.’
    • ‘The patio doors rattled and shook as the wind blustered and howled.’
    • ‘The only draw back on that evening was the blustering wind, which with the seven pound mainline I was using, made the almost weightless end tackle difficult to cast more than about fifteen yards.’
    • ‘The wind blustered as she made her way to the quiet edge of the garden.’
    • ‘The unpredictable Missouri weather lived up to its formidable reputation as it blustered all week.’
    • ‘The lake's deep green coloration derives from its high concentration of cobalt and other minerals, and is particularly striking when the frequent winds bluster the surface into a froth.’
    • ‘The weather begins to turn foul, with high winds and blustering rainsqualls, and because we laid over a day at the Judith to swim and loaf we begin to feel pressed to make time.’
    • ‘Anyway, this river just happens to be where the climate is all windy and blustering so the currents lap at you and force you to go into the opposite direction, no matter how hard you try to fight against it.’
    • ‘A draught from Antarctica blustered across the airfield.’
    • ‘The only sounds we could hear were the blustering wind, and fluttering paper pressing against ruined hedges and walls.’
    • ‘Throughout the blustering winds parting the tall grass, a figure darted through the brush, and just like that moved as fast as the bolts of lightening above.’
    • ‘Fur stroked against his nose as several other dogs joined them behind the sled, the only thing that protected them from the blustering wind.’
    • ‘By now, though, the wind was gathering itself for a grand, blustering, trouserflapping finale and the last four holes would be brutal.’
    • ‘A high wind blustered around the house and roared in the chimney.’
    • ‘The rain blusters under the roof and I think I feel the bridge collapsing under me.’
    blow fiercely, blast, gust, storm, roar, rush
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  • [mass noun] Loud, aggressive, or indignant talk with little effect.

    ‘their threats contained a measure of bluster’
    • ‘Self-reference - not to speak of bluster or bragging - was at the zero level, as were all other forms of showmanship.’
    • ‘For all their bluster and bombast, each display of physical power proves in the end to be ineffectual.’
    • ‘I have the suspicion that all their albums sound exactly the same, though - and that all of the songs are really the same minor-key psuedo-tuneful bluster.’
    • ‘The answer, it turns out, has something to do with excess humbug production and a decline in the exchange rate between bluster and bombast.’
    • ‘They are good at justifying their actions with bluster and obfuscation so that it sounds like they had no choice and that ‘it was for our own good’ rather than the reality which is that it is for their own good and their egos.’
    • ‘Residents said they dismissed the crowing as bluster, but noticed a dramatic change in his life in ensuing weeks.’
    • ‘Despite this, the cast members manage to make each character a believable one, with an individual personality, and show that beneath the bravado and bluster and laddish behaviour, there lurks a decent human being.’
    • ‘The children are true to their later personalities as teens: Freddie is full of bluster and bravado, Daphne is girly and vain, and Velma is nerdy.’
    • ‘The ‘all options’ caveat refers to action short of war, if it isn't in fact merely bluster, which I think more likely.’
    • ‘‘Their bluster had gone on for hours,’ Edmond mutters.’
    • ‘No amount of imperial bluster, disciplined armies or powerful artillery trains could impress these hardened tribes.’
    • ‘If he did he'd have surely come up with better arguments than bluster and bombast.’
    • ‘It is my belief that if the majority of ratepayers adopted this fair and reasonable action we would regain our status and rights, put an end to the usual city council bluster and, most importantly, see a return of public accountability.’
    • ‘Privately, some government officials dismiss the reaction as bluster, exaggerating the impact to win a better deal for the company.’
    • ‘The rest of the speech consisted largely of jingoistic bluster and attempts at political intimidation.’
    • ‘The bluster, the straining for effect, the attempt to live up to a grandiose reputation of their own making - all these are absent.’
    • ‘The overriding impression is one of mayhem, machismo, bluster and braggadocio.’
    • ‘Funny how these things quickly deteriorate into name calling and bluster when met with the opposite viewpoint.’
    • ‘The first was its obvious lunacy, the immensity of the concept ‘millennium’ causing much bluster in pundits and presenters alike as it became clear the public had absolutely ignored it.’
    • ‘Bravado, bluster, and empty threats were, after all, only useful to a certain degree.’
    ranting, hectoring, thundering, threatening, threats, bullying, domineering
    boasting, bragging, swaggering, throwing one's weight around
    bombast, bravado, bumptiousness, imperiousness
    empty threats, humbug
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Late Middle English: ultimately imitative.