Inflated or high-sounding language. Pistol, from Shakespeare’s play Henry V, is characterized by his use of bombastic language: “Let gallows gape for dog; let man go free,/And let not hemp his windpipe suffocate.” can be expressed simply as “Hang dogs but not men”.
Ostentatiously lofty in style; SYN. declamatory, large, orotund, tumid, turgid.
ETYM Latin flatus a blowing, flatus ventris windiness, flatulence, from flare to blow: cf. French flatulent. Related to Blow.
Generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal.
Pertaining to or causing generation of gas in digestive tract; inflated; pretentious.