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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blowhard

also blow-hard, 1840, a sailor's word (from 1790 as a nickname for a sailor), perhaps not originally primarily meaning "braggart;" from blow (v.1) + hard (adv.). An adjective sense of "boastful" appeared c.1855, and may be a separate formation leading to a modified noun use.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blowhard

noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But Gassee was no mere blowhard.
▪ Noah was considered something of a blowhard, even by his friends.
▪ Of course, some foreign buyers are blowhards who end up destroying companies and themselves.
Wiktionary

blowhard

n. (context derogatory English) A person who talks too much or too loudly, especially in a boastful or self-important manner.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

blowhard

blowhard \blow"hard\ n. a very boastful and talkative person.

Syn: braggart, boaster, line-shooter, vaunter.

WordNet

blowhard

n. a very boastful and talkative person [syn: bragger, braggart, boaster, line-shooter, vaunter]

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Blowhard

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Usage examples of "blowhard".

Bielenda was a do-nothing blowhard who was just following the money, going with the established wrecks, doing nothing new.

Even as modern-day Miami puts on its glossy birthday face, it continues to revel in a checkered history full of rogues, hustlers and blowhards.

But lucky for me, neither of you spotted Inspector Duncan here for anything but a harmless blowhard you could use as a tool.

De Bono was alarmed and deeply chagrined to discover that the officer he had judged to be an ineffectual blowhard had indeed turned out to be a firebrand.

Ryan was thinking how enlightening it would be to actually speak with Senator Greenlow, to see the big blowhard and Chrissy together.

Thus, the same pious blowhards who love to prattle about the sacrosanct First Amendment when the speech at issue is obscene or treasonous are constantly issuing lunatic demands for regulation of America’s most dangerous Samizdat media: the World Wide Web.

While media blowhards raved about Gore’s colossal intellect, every time the public actually heard Gore, they laughed at him for being such a dork.

Famous blowhards were constantly impressing other famous blowhards with the greater calamity they could predict resulting from Reagan's support for anti-Communist guerrillas.

It's an annoying habit of mine, as annoying a habit as pompous blowhards such as you, Foutz, have of distorting the truth to suit their fancy.

Thus, the same pious blowhards who love to prattle about the sacrosanct First Amendment when the speech at issue is obscene or treasonous are constantly issuing lunatic demands for regulation of America's most dangerous Samizdat media: the World Wide Web.

While media blowhards raved about Gore's colossal intellect, every time the public actually heard Gore, they laughed at him for being such a dork.

The edges of my ears were burning as I listened to this blowhard ape the news from National Public Radio or some other distorted liberal media outlet.

If you feel you must have the news analyst blowhards on CNN while you exercise, or the stock market blowhards on MSNBC, or the sports blowhards on ESPN, it's time for you to question how serious you really are about becoming a writer.

Longarm reminded himself that Cockeyed Jack McCall had been taken for a harmless blowhard till he'd really gone and gunned Wild Bill in the Number Ten Saloon.

I have to live with his alleged descendants, and I'm sick and tired of being invited to their plantation pig roasts and shad roe plankings and hearing endless apocryphal stories about Governor Spottswood, who was probably a blowhard with gout and the clap.