from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated; extravagant.
  • Synonyms Swelling, tumid, stilted, pompous, lofty, grandiloquent, high-flown.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Characterized by bombast; high-sounding; inflated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a person Pompous or overly wordy.
  • adjective High-sounding but with little meaning.
  • adjective archaic Inflated, overfilled.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective ostentatiously lofty in style


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Either from bombast ("padding, stuffing"), or from middle name of Paracelsus (Theophrastus Bombastus), who often used extremely arrogant speaking style.


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  • I'm guessing the first WeirdNet definition, 'ostentatiously lofty in style', isn't the one it has in mind in its definition of a rant. Either that or I should be refining my ranting style.

    December 7, 2008

  • pompous in speech or manner

    August 1, 2009