Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who vapors, swaggers, or bullies; one who makes a blustering display of his prowess; a braggart; a blusterer.
- n. A vaporer-moth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who vapors; a braggart.
“_On the contrary, _ The Philosopher says (Ethic. ii, 7; iv, 3) that the "vain man," i.e. a vaporer or a wind-bag, which with us denotes a presumptuous man, "is opposed to the magnanimous man by excess.”
“If, when we know that a man is a blatant vaporer, we simply let him vapor, and mind our own business; if, having gauged the measure of a woman's mind, and found it only an inch deep, we do not fret our souls by vain dredgings in a channel to-day that will fill up by to-morrow; if we give the fool the benefit of his license; and expend thought and care upon that which is hopeful and profitable -- do we not prove ourselves prudent economists of time and labor?”
“He who now seems to you to be a hero, is in reality a mere vaporer; don’t be alarmed.”
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