One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.
- ‘He spent his entire 10 minutes bloviating and talking about how much he liked him that the the time ran out and he didn't have time to even pose a question.’
- ‘If so, maybe it will shut up him for a month or two; he has been bloviating about his 3.2 million-year-old specimen nonstop since 1974.’
- ‘All radio talk show hosts blab and bloviate about national security, safe borders, and political accountability.’
- ‘There is also a chance that you may have the qualities he is bloviating about - though his instinct is to doubt that.’
- ‘Once again, an army of talk radio hosts have descended on a political convention there to inform, entertain, hopefully not bloviate.’
- ‘But that is nothing compared to the 4-page bio on her shameless web site, which bloviates at length about, among other things, her ‘honorary degree’.’
- ‘It may be true that more men than women like to bloviate and ‘bat things out’ - socialization does count for something.’
- ‘Until this is corrected, a president and secretary of state bloviating about freedom and democracy is received by the rest of the world as mere window-dressing.’
- ‘We may have to listen to this obnoxious windbag for another 6 years, bloviating on the Senate floor unrestricted.’
- ‘As with you, their over-the-top bloviating for true believers is matched only by an eagerness to please their new corporate paymasters.’
- ‘He had apparently been bloviating about civilian casualties caused by military actions.’
- ‘Featuring no fewer than six emcees and the hypeman's bloviating inside of three minutes, it's the album's busiest number.’
- ‘One of the reasons I hate parenting books is that, for all their bloviating about breast feeding and educational mobiles, they never cover the issues of real practical importance in a young parent's life.’
- ‘I don't bloviate for three hours and pull stuff out of my butt and mislead and lie.’
- ‘You won't find me bloviating there as I do on my own blog.’
- ‘The historian who bloviated foolishly on evolutionary biology?’
- ‘I have been told that the publication is little more than a dumping grounds for papers unpublishable in journals, and that the honoree's friends usually bloviate on their pet themes rather than present fresh work.’
- ‘Ignoring the underlying problems in the vaccine market and the fact that his proposed policies would export similar problems to other sectors of the pharmaceutical market, the candidate bloviated on the issue at a campaign speech in Ohio.’
- ‘These talk-radio hosts lie, distort, and bloviate, and nobody calls them on it.’
- ‘Finally, a very big thank you for the opportunity to use a larger megaphone to bloviate articulate my views… to an admittedly more skeptical audience.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from blow.
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