from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To blow in loud, violent gusts, as the wind during a storm.
- intransitive v. To speak in a loudly arrogant or bullying manner.
- intransitive v. To brag or make loud, empty threats.
- transitive v. To force or bully with swaggering threats.
- n. A violent, gusty wind.
- n. Turbulence or noisy confusion.
- n. Loud, arrogant speech, often full of empty threats.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Pompous, officious talk.
- n. A gust of wind.
- n. Fitful noise and violence.
- v. To speak or protest loudly.
- v. To act or speak in an unduly threatening manner.
- v. To blow in strong or sudden gusts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To blow fitfully with violence and noise, as wind; to be windy and boisterous, as the weather.
- intransitive v. To talk with noisy violence; to swagger, as a turbulent or boasting person; to act in a noisy, tumultuous way; to play the bully; to storm; to rage.
- transitive v. To utter, or do, with noisy violence; to force by blustering; to bully.
- n. Fitful noise and violence, as of a storm; violent winds; boisterousness.
- n. Noisy and violent or threatening talk; noisy and boastful language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To roar and be tumultuous, as wind; blow boisterously: as, the storm blusters without.
- To be loud, noisy, or swaggering; swagger, as a turbulent or boasting person; utter loud empty menaces or protests.
- [Only in ME.; perhaps a different word. Cf. LG. blustern, blistern, flutter in alarm.] To wander or run about aimlessly.
- To compel or force by mere bluster.
- To utter with bluster, or with noise and violence: generally with out or forth.
- n. The noise of a storm or of violent wind; a blast; a gust.
- n. A boisterous blast, or loud tumultuous noise.
- n. Noisy but empty talk or menace; swagger; boisterous self-assertion.
- n. Synonyms Turbulence, boasting, bragging, bullying.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a swaggering show of courage
- n. a violent gusty wind
- v. blow hard; be gusty, as of wind
- n. vain and empty boasting
- v. show off
- v. act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
- n. noisy confusion and turbulence
Middle English blusteren, from Middle Low German blüsteren.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Low German blüstren ("to blow violently") (Wiktionary)