definition of bloviate by The Free Dictionary

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blo·vi·ate

 (blō′vē-āt′)

intr.v. blo·vi·at·ed, blo·vi·at·ing, blo·vi·ates Slang

To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner: “the rural Babbitt who bloviates about ‘progress’ and ‘growth'” (George Rebeck).


[Mock-Latinate formation, from blow.]

blo′vi·a′tion n.

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bloviate

(ˈbləʊvɪˌeɪt)

vb (intr)

US to talk at length, esp in an insubstantial but inflated manner

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blo•vi•ate

(ˈbloʊ viˌeɪt)
v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.

to speak pompously.

(1850–55, Amer.; pseudo-Latin alter. of blow to boast; popularized by W. German. Harding]

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Verb 1. bloviate – orate verbosely and windily

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