- swollen; puffed up; overlarge.
- excessively vain; conceited.
- excessively fat; obese.
Origin of bloated
- to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell: Overeating bloated their bellies.
- to puff up; make vain or conceited: The promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
- to cure (fishes) as bloaters.
- to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated: The carcass started to bloat.
Origin of bloat
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Examples from the Web for bloated
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
By the time that you see them, they're bloated into surrealist Arcimboldo paintings, into soft constructions of rotten fruit.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Other, bloated and decomposing corpses are piled on top of them.Gaza ‘Mass Execution’ Investigated
August 5, 2014
With the exception of a bloated Twilight sequel or two, her resume is pretty spotless.Anna Kendrick on ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ Drunken Horror Stories, and Singin’ Pharrell
July 24, 2014
And all waited on what the grotesque, bloated figure they watched might reveal.The Bluff of the Hawk
This is a sort of bloated Manchester or Birmingham of the district.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
It was the living face as he remembered it—bleared, bloated, gross, and drunken.The Manxman
At all events he was a Scandinavian of some sort, and a bloated monopolist to boot.Falk
The young man had a disagreeable swagger and a bloated face.The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti
David Christie Murray
- swollen, as with a liquid, air, or wind
- puffed up, as with conceit
- to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind
- to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit
- (tr) to cure (fish, esp herring) by half-drying in smoke
- vet science an abnormal distention of the abdomen in cattle, sheep, etc, caused by accumulation of gas in the stomach
Word Origin and History for bloated
"overgrown," 1660s, past participle adjective from bloat (v.). Figurative sense by 1711.
1670s, "to cause to swell" (earlier, in reference to cured fish, "to cause to be soft," 1610s), from now obsolete bloat (adj.), attested from c.1300 as "soft, flabby, flexible, pliable," but by 17c. meaning "puffed up, swollen." Perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blautr "soaked, soft from being cooked in liquid" (cf. Swedish blöt fisk "soaked fish"), possibly from Proto-Germanic *blaut-, from PIE *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow," an extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Influenced by or combined with Old English blawan "blow, puff." Figurative use by 1711. Intransitive meaning "to swell, to become swollen" is from 1735. Related: Bloated; bloating.
1860 as a disease of livestock, from bloat (v.). Meaning "bloatedness" is from 1905.
- Abdominal distention due to swallowed air or intestinal gas production.