old windbag

old windbag

pejorative A person (not necessarily elderly) thought to speak at too great a length or to say little of value, often with an air of pretentious authority. Ah, quit prattling on about the government, you old windbag! You don't know the first thing about politics.
See also: old, windbag
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EASTENDERS Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri BBC1 Crotchety old windbag Stan has always loathed his sister-in-law Babe, so after her ill-timed blab to the Carters about his terminal cancer he retaliates by telling them that Babe has been secretly covering for hideaway Shirley.
And then she had the good grace to enjoy her win without suggesting that it had made any difference to how her preparations would go for the main event in Stretford - and without even mentioning that she had proved her point to some old windbag.
The noblest prospect a Scotsman ever sees is the high road that takes him to England," so opined that old windbag Dr Samuel Johnson in the 18th century.
Sir Humphrey is a terrible old windbag - he imagines that he will win the day by wearing Jim Hacker down with doublespeak - but these convoluted speeches are so well-written that they are quite fun to learn.
Sir Humphrey is a terrible old windbag, but these convoluted speeches are so well-written that they are quite fun to learn.
Then the old windbag stoner added: "I should learn to shut my mouth and just sing.
And what's the point in giving the vain old windbag more free publicity?
The sanctimonious old windbag is so far beyond frigid that she refused to get jiggy with husband Jim on their wedding night.
It's 30 years ago this morning that the world woke up to the incredible news that Ali, the beaten-up old windbag, had regained his heavyweight crown from Foreman, the mightiest punching machine the sport had ever seen.
While he might appear to his critics as an old windbag who trots out the same old tripe -- and the style of his delivery might owe something to the Mao-speak that he grew up with, as some have also observed -- the fact of human rights abuses in China remains.
This is one of a handful of ``Hamlets'' you're likely to see - on stage, screen or anywhere - featuring a truly sympathetic Claudius, a Gertrude (Julie Christie) who fights back against her bullying son, a Polonius (Richard Briers) who isn't a doddering old windbag, and an Ophelia (Kate Winslett) who's not a sex-starved neurotic from her opening lines.
Vince Cable will be seen as a rambling old windbag.
Whereas an ageist world was happy to embrace anti-Establishment anger expressed by an articulate 26-year-old, the same ranting individual was regarded as a boring old windbag 35 years later.
If we are to be a thrusting, forwardlooking nation, surely it is time to cart the freckled old windbag off to the knacker's yard.
Best performance from a no-bit, passed-his-prime, self-obsessed old windbag of a TV presenter.