Definition of blowhard in US English:



North American
  • A person who blusters and boasts in an unpleasant way.

    as modifier ‘local blowhard politicians’
    ‘a bunch of pompous blowhards trying to get on the news’
    • ‘If that were the case, there would be a lot of blowhard, half-witted bloggers out there having to defend their mad and vengeful rantings on a daily basis.’
    • ‘To avoid being perceived as the blowhard executive who knows it all, he is always asking for feedback on what he could have done better.’
    • ‘But although the service is called futureme, I predict it'll prove especially popular with wives eager to get the last word - however long it takes - with their blowhard spouses.’
    • ‘One evening in the town hall of a hamlet in the Pyrenees, the local blowhard delivers a lengthy - indeed, seemingly interminable - lecture to his fellow citizens.’
    • ‘On the one hand, soldiers and sailors usually see him as an arrogant, disloyal, and self-promoting blowhard who played loose with the facts in order to push his own agenda.’
    • ‘That is, the program and network, its host, and its audiences were more cerebral, more scholastic, and more directly concerned with effecting change than its blowhard competitors.’
    • ‘Well, I don't like the idea of having a man who sounds like a pathetic barroom blowhard (and that's what he sounds like to me) becoming President of the United States in a time of war.’
    • ‘He is, instead, a complete fraud - a blowhard as devoid of principle as the iconic strawmen he sets up and knocks down with mind-numbing regularity.’
    • ‘When she asked one of the clowns if he was a vet, he avoided the question, like all blowhards do.’
    • ‘So it was easier to let the old blowhard yak away and just nod occasionally.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is about time to revisit the law that puts the oldest blowhard of the Senate in the line of succession.’
    • ‘If that means putting up with a few cocktail party jibes from some self-aggrandising blowhard, that's fine with me.’
    • ‘Skewering the army of cable blowhards is a worthy and funny endeavor; ensnaring actual ones to ridicule them is less enjoyable.’
    • ‘He is a rather unpleasant figure throughout much of the play, a boastful blowhard, a bully, a coward.’
    • ‘Your support of that war was and is the real treason, you blowhard.’
    • ‘And I think a perfect country needs its share of blowhard, dishonest filmmakers.’
    • ‘But then they get to know me and just think I'm a big fat blowhard.’
    • ‘Is she saying that the words of half-wits and blowhards carry more weight in the world of the written word than the established journalists and writers themselves?’
    • ‘He'd probably be a senator because, in a business that attracts pompous blowhards, senators are the crème de la crème.’
    • ‘Why people would want to read the raving, uninformed postings of anonymous blowhards and braggarts for voyeuristic sport is beyond me.’
    • ‘She had always had a problem with that self-important blowhard.’
    • ‘Instead, there must have been a few blowhards who got all puffed up and began pontificating.’
    • ‘You know, for us, it's not really that interesting to be just a blowhard, to be the messenger and the message and the expert.’
    • ‘Turning a bunch of internet blowhards into the voice of a major political party is stupid, and just leads to endless empty arguments.’
    • ‘A bleached blond blowhard, he excelled both as a wrestler and a manager.’
    • ‘I didn't agree but I wanted to see where this blowhard would take this.’
    • ‘What percentage of blogposts are denunciations of some blowhard on the political extremes?’
    • ‘When we finally got out in the parking lot, with an order even larger than we had sought, I said, ‘Jim, why on earth did you put up with that blowhard, like that?’’
    • ‘So he had a low-key quality, instead of screaming at a guest as some of the cable blowhards do, it would be the death of a thousand cuts.’
    • ‘Behind every blowhard there's a sordid tale of sexual perversity.’
    • ‘Don't pay any attention to that old blowhard.’
    • ‘If there is any true unity in this nation it is the fact that voters on both sides were not really as for their candidates as much as they were just against the blowhards on the other side of the fence they found annoying.’
    • ‘Because blowhards and pressure groups - not the network's users - would almost certainly dictate network policies, it's not likely to be as useful as everyone assumes it would be.’
    • ‘‘Oh that old blowhard,’ Bixby huffed as she sat down.’
    • ‘You know, I hope she does more of that with every right-wing blowhard.’
    • ‘The charismatic CEO, seen from a slightly different angle, is a fairly traditional blowhard.’
    • ‘He was a blowhard at times, claiming breakthroughs that hadn't happened yet.’
    • ‘Inevitably, as the apocalyptic collapse of over-extended technology roars and crashes around them, two central characters will wallow in some pompous, blowhard philosophical debate.’
    • ‘I'm worried about the blowhard aspect of talking about ‘Youth and News.’’
    • ‘Those two blowhards back there are never going to write about anything but the works of dead white guys.’
    boaster, brag, bragger, show-off, blusterer, trumpeter, swaggerer, poser, poseur, poseuse, peacock, egotist, self-publicist
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