Origin of bombastME, cotton padding from Old French bombace from Medieval Latin bombax, cotton from bambax, cotton (with form influenced, influence by Classical Latin bombyx, silk, silkworm from Gr) from Late Greek from Classical Greek pambax from Persian pambak, cotton
The writings of Shakespeare are examples of bombast.
- Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
- Grandiose or overpowering expression, as in music or painting.
Origin of bombastAlteration of obsolete bombace cotton padding from Old French from Medieval Latin bombax bombac- cotton ; see bombazine .
(countable and uncountable, plural bombasts)
(third-person singular simple present bombasts, present participle bombasting, simple past and past participle bombasted)
- To swell or fill out; to pad; to inflate.
From Old French bombace (“cotton, cotton wadding”)
- Gamers would analyze any little scrap of information about the game, and the introductory cinematic for games started to gain sophistication and theatrical bombast.
- These songs, which fired the poet's comrades to deeds of heroism in 1813, bear eloquent testimony to the intensity of the national feeling against Napoleon, but judged as literature they contain more bombast than poetry.
- The matter is well arranged, the style (modelled on that of Xenophon) simple, and on the whole free from the usual florid bombast of the Byzantine writers.
- In comparing the Irish tales with the saga, there will be felt deep divergencies in matter, style and taste, the richness of one contrasting with the chastened simplicity of the other; the one's half-comic, half-earnest bombast is wholly unlike the other's grim humour; the marvellous, so unearthly in the one, is almost credible in the other; but in both are the keen grasp of character, the biting phrase, the love of action and the delight in blood which almost assumes the garb of a religious passion.
- His father, the natural son of a grandmaster of the Teutonic order, was Wilhelm Bombast von Hohenheim, who had a hard struggle to make a subsistence as a physician.