AskDefine | Define bombast

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bombast n : pompous or pretentious talk or writing [syn: fustian, rant, claptrap, blah]

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  1. Originally, cotton, or cotton wool.
  2. Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
  3. Fig.: High-sounding words; an inflated style; language above the dignity of the occasion; fustian.


to bombast
  1. To swell or fill out; to pad; to inflate.


  1. High-sounding; inflated; big without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.

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