Definition of blurb in English:

blurb

noun

  • A short description of a book, movie, or other product written for promotional purposes and appearing on the cover of a book or in an advertisement.

    • ‘If he has got a way with words, he might want to think about firing the person writing his promotional blurbs and doing it himself.’
    • ‘I'm sure it takes a monstrous ego to be a White House speechwriter, but do these guys really believe their own promotional blurbs?’
    • ‘I'll write a nice blurb for his book first, though.’
    • ‘Your short little blurbs regarding faith based social services in Texas are reminiscent of the sound-bites we get from most mainstream media.’
    • ‘If the message board allows it, you can even include a short promotional blurb about your site at the end of your posts.’
    • ‘I find it fairly easy to blog while writing film scripts, articles, introductions, blurbs and short stories.’
    • ‘That this is the volume's main thrust is not apparent from the dust-jacket description or laudatory blurbs from colleagues.’
    • ‘And while many fans read the short blurb as a shock, others saw this coming as clearly as a run-in chair shot.’
    • ‘There was, in fact, discussion about such a note but however it was worded it sounded more like a promotional blurb than a serious warning.’
    • ‘Indian, not Native American, is how his book blurbs describe him: in one short story in this collection a character dryly observes that ‘Native American’ is an oxymoron.’
    • ‘The writing is lively and fun to read; you can actually picture the film freaks foaming at the mouths as they wrote their film blurbs!’
    • ‘When they observe volunteers doing something great, they snap photos and display them along with the volunteers' names and short blurbs about their volunteer ministry on a display board in the lobby.’
    • ‘Oh, and when you reach the website, read the promotional blurb.’
    • ‘I posted it anonymously because I also wrote a blurb for the book, and I didn't want to look as if I was piling on.’
    • ‘A good friend of mine who was also my publisher at one time, wrote on the blurb of my book that my stories were about women's lives.’
    • ‘We all know how book blurbs and theatre notices can, by careful editing, turn critical comments into a rave review.’
    • ‘Each jury panel selected three finalists, then composed a short blurb about each.’
    • ‘The blurb describes it as an ‘altogether morally confused piece of work’.’
    • ‘While I'm here, does anyone actually read the descriptive blurb on the back of dvds?’
    • ‘The blurb described the book as a private detective's journey through personal betrayal to a form of redemption.’
    notice, announcement, bulletin
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
informal
  • Write or contribute a blurb for (a book, movie, or other product)

    • ‘They blurb books, explain pop culture phenomena and offer unsolicited counsel to celebrities in crisis.’
    • ‘He glowingly blurbed the book as ‘splendid and wholly convincing’.’
    • ‘Yes, I heard it's very good and in fact they sent it to me to blurb but I was doing something…’
    • ‘Lots and lots and lots of requests coming in for me to read and blurb people's books, or write introductions to things, to all of which at present the answer has to be no.’
    • ‘A novelist blurbed the hardback: ‘She'll take you farther from home than you ever dreamed you'd go.’’
    • ‘So you blurb the writer rather than the book, so you just know that that's going to be the one they stick on the cover.’
    • ‘They were both kind enough to blurb the first book.’
    • ‘No writer has excoriated the thirst for fame with more vigor in recent years - and yet here we have an actor (whom you lovingly pimped years ago in the magazine) blurbing your book.’
    • ‘I mean, a critic has to have an agenda to take the people who blurbed the book to task: they were all sentenced by him to ‘perdition eternal.’’
    • ‘The great author blurbed this as a ‘most amusing little book’ that ‘is far more than that’: ‘While it makes us laugh it exposes with uncanny insight many of our secret wishes and unexpressed desires.’’
    • ‘Maybe if he blurbed my book it wouldn't be considered Chick Lit anymore.’
    • ‘I have been asked to blurb it, and I am recommending it now to all of you.’
    • ‘So mostly they don't get read and mostly they don't get blurbed.’
    • ‘Careful readers will notice that, in the middle of the review, there is a lovely, entirely positive sentence, suitable for back-cover blurbing!’
    publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate
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Origin

Early 20th century: coined by Gelett Burgess (died 1951), American humorist.

Pronunciation

blurb

/blərb//blərb/