from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. Slang To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner: "the rural Babbitt who bloviates about 'progress' and 'growth'” ( George Rebeck).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To speak or discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To orate pompously; -- used especially of politicians and news commentators.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. orate verbosely and windily
He puts on no airs, doesn't "bloviate", and I give his late, dear wife credit for keeping him so grounded.
Although 'bloviate' is listed in slang dictionaries as far back as the 19th century, the term was popularized by President Warren G. Harding in the 1920s.
However, others like William Safire claim that 'bloviate' comes from combining the words 'blow-hard' and 'deviation.'
But if we really want to get the economy back on track, we need a better-educated workforce, one that knows that the Space Race didn't bankrupt the Soviet Union, understands syntax, and doesn't just bloviate about bakeries.
Maybe Mr. Cooper can bloviate on the subject for us.
But here's the thing: Unlike the people who bloviate on cable news about their so-called conservative values, I'm actually willing to listen to Danny.
You just happened to accidentally hit one of my favorite topics to bloviate on.
The far-right pundits can bloviate all they want with their big microphone & platform provided by FALSE NEWS! ... but the reality is that election outcome will prove that Beck, Hannity, O'reilly and Rush LimpFROG hateful & bigoted views are irrelevant and have no impact whatsoEVER ... except you're just a FALSE NEWS puppet who is helping them make more millions by boosting their ratings!!!!
If Obama doesn't directly address a specific issue, they ignore everything else he is doing and bloviate about how he's a bad president and hasn't done anythiing.
They also have an outsized media forum from which to bloviate and intimidate, despite all the harm they have wrought this past decade, not just to millions of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the American troops who served their ends, but to the financial and moral integrity of their own country.
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