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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLOSTER, Bluster, n. and v. [′blostər, ′blɔstər, ′blʌstər]

I. n.

1. “Violent wind accompanied by squalls” (Ayr.8, Kcb.9 1935).Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
He [the wind] is a b[loster] de day.

Hence fig., of speech or action: violence, haste.Ib.:
He was in a b[loster], (a) he had a violent fit of anger (spoke violently); (b) he was in an unusual hurry.

2. “Mouth of a skin-buoy, through which it is inflated, de b[loster] o' de bow” (Ib.).

3. “[Used] jokingly of [a] cough” (Ib.).

II. v. “To cough; to go coughing; mostly jokingly” (Ib., bloster, bluster).

[O.Sc. has bluster, to storm, rage (of obscure origin); blusterand, blowing boisterously; blustered, confused, disorderly (D.O.S.T.). Eng. bluster. Prob. from same root as O.E. blāwan, to blow, blæ̂st, a blast; O.N. blāstr, blowing, swelling. See Blouster.]

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