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BLOUSTER, Bluister, Bluester, n. and v. [′blɔustər Ork.; ′blʌustər Bnff., Ags., sm.Sc., s.Sc.; ′blustər Kcb.; ′blystər Kcb., Dmf., Rxb.; ′blistɪr Arg.]

I. n.

1. (1) A violent wind with squalls. See also Bloster, n., 1. Ork. 1929  Marw.;
2 :
It's a perfect b[louster] o' wind the day.

(2) “A blast of wind” (w.–s.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

(3) (See quot.) Kcb. 1935 9 ;
W. A. Scott in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 18:
A bluister o' a day; a wet, windy day.

Also used fig. of a person, meaning (a state of) great fuss or excitement. Ork. 1929  Marw.:
He's in a bonny b[louster] the day.
Ags. 1870  Kirriemuir Observer (1 July) 1/3:
[It] maun be a blouster to begin wi', an syne end in a natral death.

2. “A boaster, braggart” (Bnff.2 1935; Kcb.8 1914). Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 76:
Bluester, a bully of words.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 94 Note:
Bluister, one who uproariously boasts of his own powers or doings.

II. v.

1. Of the wind: to blow gustily and with violence. Given for s.Rxb. by Watson W.-B. (1923). Gen. used as a ppl.adj. Kcb. 1914 8 :
A blousterin win'.

2. “To brag, boast” (Bnff.2 1935). Ags. 1870  Kirriemuir Observer (7 Oct.) 3/3:
Nane of them can beat her at bullyin' an' blousterin'.
Kcb. 1914 8 :
He's an awfu' man to blouster.

ppl.adj. bloustering, boasting. Slk. 1835  Hogg Tales Wars of Montrose III. 13:
I wonder where that great bloustering blockhead, my son Will, can be. vbl.n. bluistereen, boasting.
Rxb.(D) 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes an Knowes 19:
A'm seek-staaed o the . . . preidfih bluistereen that a body offen hes ti thole.

[Blouster suggests a connection with Eng. bluster, which Skeat says is doubtless associated in idea with blast. O.N. blāstr, blast, breath, swelling. Bense thinks that the forms bluist (s.v. Bloust) and bluister make a L.Ger. origin probable and cites the Frankish blustern, blüstern, blistern, conn. with adj. blisterig, shy, etc. (Berghaus). The diphthong ou may be due to the word Blout with its kindred meanings.]

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