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”)