The writings of Shakespeare are examples of bombast.
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
- 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”)