[ bloht ]
/ bloʊt /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated: The carcass started to bloat.


Nearby words

  1. blizzard,
  2. blizzardly,
  3. blk.,
  4. bll,
  5. blm,
  6. bloated,
  7. bloater,
  8. bloating,
  9. blob,
  10. bloc

Origin of bloat

1250–1300; earlier bloat (adj.) soft, puffy, Middle English blout < Old Norse blautr wet, soft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bloat


/ (bləʊt) /


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 for bloat

C17: probably related to Old Norse blautr soaked, Old English blāt pale

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Word Origin and History for bloat
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Medicine definitions for bloat


[ blōt ]


Abdominal distention due to swallowed air or intestinal gas production.
Related formsbloated (blōtĭd) adj.

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