- 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 bloat
Part of the decomposition process causes bodies to bloat and blood to sometimes seep from the mouth.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
In the new, leaner strategy, any bloat has to go, even if it means reversing on a major earlier decision.Bill Gates’ Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
July 17, 2014
On these bad days, I step out of bed and look in the mirror at the bloat in my face.Inspired by Ashley Judd, My Own ‘Puffy Face’ Saga
April 13, 2012
The fly had pierced a blood vessel and would now bloat itself with blood.The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
The consekence was, he began to swell an bloat like a mad porkepine.
Is this a healthy fat which we are putting on him, or is it bloat?A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories
Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
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But her distress was still very great, and her feet soon began to turn purple, and she began to bloat in her stomach and bowels.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
- 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 bloat
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.