- 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 bloating
“It has helped with the bloating,” Williford says, which had gotten so bad she says she sometimes looked several months pregnant.Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?
September 20, 2014
Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre
July 26, 2014
The regime tries to buy popularity by bloating the state sector.Egypt: You Read it First at Frum Forum
January 28, 2013
There was no stain of his secret excess upon it—no bloating of the features.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He backed against the wall, bloating with fear in spite of himself.The Giants From Outer Space
Geoff St. Reynard
Should bloating occur, relief must usually be prompt to be effective.Clovers and How to Grow Them
No less so is acute indigestion with evolution of gas in the intestines (bloating).Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
The Temptations of the Devil, aim at puffing and bloating of us up, with Pride; as much perhaps as any one iniquity.The Wonders of the Invisible World
- 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 bloating
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.