Blowhard and windbag

  • Blowhard and windbag are derogatory terms that have slightly different definitions. We will examine the meanings of the terms blowhard and windbag, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.


    A blowhard is someone who is a braggart, someone who is full of self-importance. A blowhard usually speaks in a loud manner. Politicians are often characterized as blowhards. The word blowhard is an American expression, derived from a term used by sailors. Originally, blowhard most probably referred to a stormy weather condition.


    A windbag is someone who talks a lot without saying anything worth hearing. A windbag is an overly talkative person. The word windbag may be traced to the 1400s, when it originally described the bellows of an organ. Blowhard and windbag are sometimes used interchangeably, though there is a slight difference between their meanings. Remember, a blowhard is someone who talks too much and is a braggart, a windbag is simply someone who talks too much.

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