bloat

[ 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.

noun

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Origin of bloat

1250–1300; earlier bloat (adj.) soft, puffy, Middle English blout < Old Norse blautr wet, soft

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British Dictionary definitions for bloat

bloat
/ (bləʊt) /

verb

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

noun

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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Medical definitions for bloat

bloat
[ blōt ]

n.

Abdominal distention due to swallowed air or intestinal gas production.

Other words from bloat

bloated (blōtĭd) adj.
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