Bombast meaning

bŏm'băst'
The definition of bombast is talk or writing that sounds much more important than it is.

The writings of Shakespeare are examples of bombast.

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Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.
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Grandiose or overpowering expression, as in music or painting.
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Talk or writing that sounds grand or important but has little meaning; pompous language.
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Originally, cotton, or cotton wool.
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Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
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(figuratively) High-sounding words; a pompous or ostentatious manner of writing or speaking; language above the dignity of the occasion.
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To swell or fill out; to pad; to inflate.
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High-sounding; inflated; big without meaning; magniloquent; bombastic.
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Origin of bombast

  • Alteration of obsolete bombace cotton padding from Old French from Medieval Latin bombax bombac- cotton bombazine
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French bombace (“cotton, cotton wadding”)
    From Wiktionary