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v. blus·tered, blus·ter·ing, blus·ters
1. To blow in loud, violent gusts, as the wind during a storm.
a. To speak in a loudly arrogant or bullying manner.
b. To brag or make loud, empty threats.
To force or bully with swaggering threats.
1. A violent, gusty wind.
2. Turbulence or noisy confusion.
3. Loud, arrogant speech, often full of empty threats.
[Middle English blusteren, from Middle Low German blüsteren.]
blus′ter·y, blus′ter·ous adj.
1. to speak or say loudly or boastfully
2. to act in a bullying way
3. (foll by: into) to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
4. (intr) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
5. boisterous talk or action; swagger
6. empty threats or protests
7. a strong wind; gale
[C15: probably from Middle Low German blüsteren to storm, blow violently]
ˈblustering n, adj
ˈblusteringly, ˈblusterously adv
ˈblustery, ˈblusterous adj
1. to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
2. to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty threats.v.t.
3. to force or accomplish by blustering: He blustered his way through the crowd.n.
4. boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of a storm at sea.
5. noisy, empty threats.
blus′ter•y, blus′ter•ous, adj.
Past participle: blustered
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|Noun||1.||bluster - noisy confusion and turbulence; "he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations"|
confusion - disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably; "the army retreated in confusion"
|2.||bluster - a swaggering show of courage|
|3.||bluster - a violent gusty wind|
|4.||bluster - vain and empty boasting|
|Verb||1.||bluster - blow hard; be gusty, as of wind; "A southeaster blustered onshore"; "The flames blustered"|
blow - be blowing or storming; "The wind blew from the West"
|2.||bluster - show off |
puff - speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, overstate, amplify, magnify, overdraw - to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"
|3.||bluster - act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner|