Stuff, bombast, pretentious words. Properly, a sort of cotton
velvet. (French, futaine; Spanish, fustan, from Fustat
in Egypt, where the cloth was first made.) (See Bombast;
“Discourse fustian with one's own shadow.” -
Shakespeare: Othello, ii. 3.
“Some scurvy quaint collection of fustian phrases, and uplandish
words.” —Heywood: Faire Maide of the Exchange, ii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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