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Verb: bluster  blús-tu(r)
  1. Act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    - swagger, swash [archaic]
     
  2. Blow hard; be gusty, as of wind
    "A southeaster blustered onshore"; "The flames blustered"
     
  3. Show off, esp. with exaggeration
    - boast, tout, swash [archaic], shoot a line [informal], brag, gas [informal], blow, vaunt, gasconade [archaic], skite [Austral, NZ, informal]
Noun: bluster  blús-tu(r)
  1. Vain and empty boasting
    - braggadocio, rodomontade, rhodomontade
     
  2. Insincere or vague talk with empty promises etc. that is supposed to impress
    - hot air [informal], empty words, empty talk, rhetoric
     
  3. Noisy confusion and turbulence
    "he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations"
     
  4. A swaggering show of courage
    - bravado
     
  5. A violent gusty wind

Derived forms: blusters, blustering, blustered

Type of: act, amplify, behave, blast, blow, boast, boasting, bunk [informal], confusion, do, exaggerate, fanfare, flash, gust, hokum [informal], hyperbolise [Brit], hyperbolize, jactitation, magnify, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, ostentation, overdraw, overstate, self-praise, skite [Austral, NZ, informal]

Encyclopedia: Bluster