What does fustian mean?

Definitions for fustian
ˈfʌs tʃənfus·tian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bombast, fustian, rant, claptrap, blahnoun

    pompous or pretentious talk or writing

  2. fustiannoun

    a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap


  1. fustiannoun

    A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff

  2. fustiannoun

    A class of cloth including corduroy and velveteen

  3. fustiannoun

    Pompous, inflated or pretentious writing or speech

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fustianadjective

    Etymology: from the noun.

    When men argue, th’ greatest part
    O’ th’ contest falls on terms of art,
    Until the fustian stuff be spent,
    And then they fall to th’ argument. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 3.

    Virgil , if he could have seen the first verses of the Sylvæ, would have thought Statius mad in his fustian description of the statue on the brazen horse. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  2. FUSTIANnoun

    Etymology: futaine, French, from fuste, a tree, because cotton grows on trees.

    Is supper ready, the house trimm’d, the serving-men in their new fustian and their white stockings? William Shakespeare.

    Nor will you raise in me combustion,
    By dint of high heroick fustian. Hudibras, p. ii. cant. I.

    What fustian have I heard these gentlemen find out in Mr. Cowley’s odes! In general, I will say, that nothing can appear more beautiful to me than the strength of those images which they condemn. Dryden.

    I am much deceived if this be not abominable fustian; that is, thoughts and words ill sorted, and without the least relation to each other. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar, Dedication.

    Chance thoughts, when govern’d by the close,
    Oft rise to fustian, or descend to prose. Smith.


  1. fustian

    Fustian is a term with several meanings. It is originally used to describe a type of heavy woven cloth made of cotton and flax. In literary discourse, fustian is used to refer to a pompous, pretentious style of speech or writing, characterized by inflated vocabulary and bombastic expressions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fustiannoun

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

  2. Fustiannoun

    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. Fustianadjective

    made of fustian

  4. Fustianadjective

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

  5. Etymology: [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.]

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  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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