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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Oh yeah, usual story, you old windbag," scoffed my bestie Ali, paying the driver.
I RARELY agree with that old windbag Prince Charles.
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?
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.
He faces in single combat the biggest, ugliest Thessalonian you can imagine and dispatches him with an efficiency born of contempt--not for the opponent, who is just one more victim in his path, but for Agamemnon, the fat old windbag who orders everyone around.
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.