What does fustian mean?

Definitions for fustianˈfʌs tʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fustian.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bombast, fustian, rant, claptrap, blah(noun)

    pompous or pretentious talk or writing

  2. fustian(noun)

    a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap


  1. fustian(Noun)

    A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff

  2. fustian(Noun)

    A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen

  3. fustian(Noun)

    Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fustian(noun)

    a kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc

  2. Fustian(noun)

    an inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used,' above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast

  3. Fustian(adj)

    made of fustian

  4. Fustian(adj)

    pompous; ridiculously tumid; inflated; bombastic; as, fustian history

  5. Origin: [OE. fustan, fustian, OF. fustaine, F. futaine, It. fustagno, fr. LL. fustaneum, fustanum; cf. Pr. fustani, Sp. fustan. So called from Fustt, i. e., Cairo, where it was made.]


  1. Fustian

    Fustian is a term for a variety of heavy woven cloth, cotton fabrics, that are chiefly prepared for menswear. It is also used to refer to pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech, from at least the time of Shakespeare. This literary use is because the cloth type was often used as padding, hence, the purposeless words are 'bombast'.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fustian

    fust′yan, n. a kind of coarse, twilled cotton fabric, including moleskin, velveteen, corduroy, &c.: a pompous and unnatural style of writing or speaking: bombast: a liquor made of white wine with yolk of eggs, lemon, spices, &c.—adj. made of fustian: bombastic.—v.i. Fust′ianise (Holmes), to write bombastically.—n. Fust′ianist, one who writes bombast. [O. Fr. fustaigne (Fr. futaine)—It. fustagno—Low L. fustaneum, from Ar. Fostat (a suburb of Cairo) in Egypt, where first made.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fustian in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fustian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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