from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Foolishly bombastic; boastful.
  • n. Boastful or bombastic talk or behavior: "All his . . . dreams of fame were the vaporings of a shoddy aesthete without talent” ( Thomas Wolfe).

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  • v. Present participle of vapor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Talking idly; boasting; vaunting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Vaunting; swaggering; blustering; given to brag or bluster: as, vaporing talk; a vaporing debater.
  • n. The act of bragging or blustering; ostentatious or windy talk.

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

  • n. an instance of boastful talk


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  • Yeah, things like facts and evidence are so quaint and naive, particularly when juicy gossip and moral vaporing are so much more exciting.

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  • “When it is borne in mind that this boast finds its most frequent expression in the pages of those journals whose editors are men of education, in at least one instance men holding degrees conferred by Harvard University, it may be seen that the boast is not to be dismissed lightly as the ignorant vaporing of untrained minds.”

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  • I take it that the parallel move in our situation is to write the occasional op-ed piece about the harmony of science and religion while continuing to figure out how life actually evolved without paying any mind whatsoever to theological vaporing.

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  • The life that lies before us is, in some way, too, below us, like yon vast amplitude of plain; but it must be traversed foot by foot, and laboriously travailed, without the cloudy vaporing or the high-flown meditation.


  • One bright bolt scorched the ground nearby and skipped vaporing plasteel between Allin's legs.

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  • People who are always vaporing about their own importance, and the value of their own possessions, are disagreeable.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 58, August, 1862

  • Obstinately steep streets, shaded by gnarled locust-trees; houses drawn back from the sidewalks, in surly dread of all new-comers; the very smoke, vaporing through the sky, had defiance in it of the outer barbarous world and its vulgar newness.

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  • However, I offered my advice liberally to all comers, and explained that at home I was a soldier when the Government wanted me, -- was registered somewhere, -- and could be marched to San Juan, about which General Harney was vaporing just then, whenever the authorities chose.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 45, July, 1861


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