Use the adjective blustery to describe weather that brings extremely strong gusts of wind. It's much easier to fly a kite on a blustery day than when there's no wind at all.

While this word is frequently used for weather — think blustery October days with leaves blowing and people clutching their hats — it can also describe people who act aggressively or confidently but don't follow through. All that blustery talk about your football team's superiority won't mean a thing when they lose badly yet again. The source of blustery is the noun bluster, "loud or indignant talk with little effect," from a Germanic root meaning "blow violently."

Definitions of blustery
  1. adjective
    blowing in violent and abrupt bursts
    “a cold blustery day”
    synonyms: blustering, blusterous
    (especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
  2. adjective
    noisily domineering; tending to browbeat others
    synonyms: bullying
    tending to domineer
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