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[bloh-ter] /ˈbloʊ tər/
a herring cured by being salted and briefly smoked and dried.
a mackerel similarly cured.
a freshwater cisco, Coregonus hoyi, found in the Great Lakes.
Origin of bloater
1825-35; bloat (adj.) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In twelve hours they are sufficiently smoked, and then you have the real Yarmouth bloater.

    East Anglia J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Here the bloater laid his hand on his heart and made a courtly bow.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • Well, ere's bully for Brimstone, my bloater, and 'ooray for 'Arrygate air!

  • The bloater and Little Jim were also there, hanging about the door.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • The bloater cut the cord that bound Phil Sparks, and darted from the room.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • The former is applied to the fire, which gently smokes the Yarmouth bloater.

    East Anglia J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The bloater glanced back at Little Jim with a look of satisfaction, and held up his finger to enjoin silence.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • bloater's a penny, bread a 'a'peny, cawfy a penny, cake a penny.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • “Well, I must get on with some copying,” the organist said dryly; and Westray went back to the bloater.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • She stands high on her legs; and her wings have black tips, the rest being yellow, as though exposed to smoke, like a bloater.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for bloater


a herring, or sometimes a mackerel, that has been salted in brine, smoked, and cured
(Brit, slang) a fat or greedy person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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