UK [ˈblʌstə(r)] / US [ˈblʌstər] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "bluster":
present tense I/you/we/they bluster he/she/it blusters present participle blustering past tense blustered past participle blustered
to speak in an angry or threatening way, often because you do not want to show that you are frightened or nervous

His response was first to persuade, then to bluster.

Derived word:
UK / US noun uncountable

English dictionary. 2014.


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