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BLUSTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bluster mean? 

BLUSTER (noun)
  The noun BLUSTER has 4 senses:

1. noisy confusion and turbulence
2. a swaggering show of courage
3. a violent gusty wind
4. vain and empty boasting

  Familiarity information: BLUSTER used as a noun is uncommon.


BLUSTER (verb)
  The verb BLUSTER has 3 senses:

1. blow hard; be gusty, as of wind
2. show off
3. act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner

  Familiarity information: BLUSTER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BLUSTER (noun)


Sense 1bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Noisy confusion and turbulence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations

Hypernyms ("bluster" is a kind of...):

confusion (disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably)


Sense 2bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A swaggering show of courage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bravado; bluster

Hypernyms ("bluster" is a kind of...):

fanfare; flash; ostentation (a gaudy outward display)


Sense 3bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A violent gusty wind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("bluster" is a kind of...):

blast; blow; gust (a strong current of air)


Sense 4bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Vain and empty boasting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

rodomontade; rhodomontade; braggadocio; bluster

Hypernyms ("bluster" is a kind of...):

boast; boasting; jactitation; self-praise (speaking of yourself in superlatives)


BLUSTER (verb)


Sense 1bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Blow hard; be gusty, as of wind

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Context examples:

A southeaster blustered onshore / The flames blustered

Hypernyms (to "bluster" is one way to...):

blow (be blowing or storming)

Sentence frame:

It is ----ing


Sense 2bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show off

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

vaunt; boast; brag; gasconade; shoot a line; bluster; gas; tout; swash; blow

Hypernyms (to "bluster" is one way to...):

amplify; exaggerate; hyerbolise; hyperbolize; magnify; overdraw; overstate (to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bluster"):

puff (speak in a blustering or scornful manner)

crow; gloat; triumph (dwell on with satisfaction)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 3bluster [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

bluster; swagger; swash

Hypernyms (to "bluster" is one way to...):

act; behave; do (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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