verb (used without object)
- to roar and be tumultuous, as wind.
- to be loud, noisy, or swaggering; utter loud, empty menaces or protests: He blusters about revenge but does nothing.
verb (used with object)
- to force or accomplish by blustering: He blustered his way through the crowd.
- boisterous noise and violence: the bluster of the streets.
- noisy, empty threats or protests; inflated talk: bluff and bluster.
- to speak or say loudly or boastfully
- to act in a bullying way
- (tr, foll by into) to force or attempt to force (a person) into doing something by behaving thus
- (intr) (of the wind) to be noisy or gusty
- boisterous talk or action; swagger
- empty threats or protests
- a strong wind; gale
late 14c., from a Low German source, e.g. Middle Low German blüstren “to blow violently,” East Frisian blüstern “to bluster” (see blow (v.1)). Related: Blustered; blustering.
1580s, from bluster (v.).