- (US) To speak or discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner.
Particularly used of politicians, bloviate has passed in and out of fashion over the centuries, falling out of fashion by end of 19th century, but was popularized in the early 1920s with reference to president Warren G. Harding, again in the 1990s, and then once more during the 2000 presidential election.
- See also Thesaurus:talk.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
- “In Defense of Harding the Bloviator”, Ben Zimmer, Word Routes: Exploring the Pathways of our Lexicon, July 29, 2010
- Michael Quinion, “Bloviate”, in World Wide Words, 13 March 1999.
- ^ Douglas Harper, “bloviate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
- Allan A. Metcalf (2004), Presidential voices: speaking styles from George Washington to George W. Bush, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, “Once More the Bloviator”, pp. 134–135, →ISBN