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Bluster (verb)

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To Blu'ster. v.n. [supposed from blast.]

  1. To roar as a storm; to be violent and loud.

                    Earth his uncouth mother was,
    And blust'ring Æolus his boasted sire.
    Spenser.

    So now he storms with many a sturdy stoure;
    So now his blust'ring blast each coast doth scour.
    Spenser.

  2. To bully, to puff, to swagger, to be tumultuous.

    My heart's too big to bear this, says a blustering fellow; I'll destroy myself. Sir, says the gentleman, here's a dagger at your service; so the humour went off. L'Estrange.

    Either he must sink to a downright confession, or else he must huff and bluster, till perhaps he raise a counter-storm. Government of the Tongue.

    Virgil had the majesty of a lawful prince, and Statius only the blustering of a tyrant. Dryden's Spanish Friar, Dedication.

    There let him reign the jailor of the wind;
    With hoarse commands his breathing subjects call,
    And boast and bluster in his empty hall.
    Dryden's Æneid.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Spenser, Edmund (254)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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