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


Mock-Latinate formation, from blow1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A macaronic of blow + Latinate -iate (Wiktionary)



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  • Lament the state of our conversation:
    Once blessed by masters of oration,
    We now limit the reach
    Of political speech
    To a tuneless chorus of bloviation.

    February 17, 2014

  • Atlanta journalist Hollis Gillespie loves this word!

    July 30, 2011

  • Think "Blow"viate as in blowhard. As in full of hot air. Good memory aid.

    July 30, 2011

  • Like bloated obfuscation that obviates everything in its path.

    August 16, 2008

  • That's WeirdNet for you!

    March 25, 2008

  • That first definition is almost as amusing to me as the word itself. "Orate verbosely," indeed.

    March 25, 2008

  • This is a cracker. Hard to use everyday though

    April 19, 2007

  • I can't believe I forgot this word for my Blanguage list. :-)

    February 27, 2007