See also: blow-hard
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbləʊhɑːd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbloʊhɑɹd/
- Hyphenation: blow‧hard
blowhard (plural blowhards)
- (Canada, US, derogatory) A person who talks too much or too loudly, especially in a boastful or self-important manner. [c. 1840]
1861 October 20, “Interesting from Arkansas. Correspondence of the Missouri Democrat.”, in The New York Times, page 2:
- The merchants are the most ultra Secessionists, one of the secret springs of action among this class being the heavy indebtedness owing to Eastern creditors. Some men of Northern origin were the most rabid. A "blow-hard," named JAMES PATTERSON, of Augusta, Jackson County, was originally from Pennsylvania. He stumped the county and was elected to the Convention, and cast his vote for secession.
1999, Jo-Ellan Dimitrius; Wendy Mazzarella, “Learning to Ask the Right Questions—and Listen to the Answers”, in Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior—Anytime, Anyplace, London: Vermilion, Ebury Press, ISBN 978-0-09-181991-0, page 109:
- In my profession, I have seen more than my share of blowhards who use volume to intimidate the weak, fool the feeble-minded, or control the insecure or lazy who would just as soon have someone do their thinking for them anyway.
2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50: As Britain hurtles towards the precipice, truth and democracy are in short supply”, in The Observer, London, archived from the original on 30 August 2017:
person who talks too much or too loudly