What does “bombastic” mean?

2010-11-04 in Vocab

What does bombastic mean?

bombastic: (adj) /bɒm.ˈbæ.stɪk/ [BOM-ba-stik]: pompous, inflated, unnecessarily wordy, or ostentatious (Ex: a bombastic show of knowledge).

Example: Standish’s bombastic explanations even to simple questions impressed a few people, but annoyed those who saw through his attempts to sound educated.

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4 responses to What does “bombastic” mean?

  1. Hahahaha, that was a really funny quiz question!
  2. mirta said on 2010-11-05

    I liked to know that word, I was looking for someone to define a friend of mine that always tries to use them and as you said sounds so ridiculous that everybody laughs at him. Great word indeed.
  3. Oh, what a confusing word, Erin! Then,what do you think about my sentence,
    We had a bombastic party last night.
  4. >We had a bombastic party last night.

    How about “There was a bombastic guy at the party last night.” “bombastic” addresses human qualities, those choices that we make about how to appear to others. Hence I think it unlikely to describe a party as bombastic. :)

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