verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bloat
Examples from the Web for bloat
Part of the decomposition process causes bodies to bloat and blood to sometimes seep from the mouth.
In the new, leaner strategy, any bloat has to go, even if it means reversing on a major earlier decision.
On these bad days, I step out of bed and look in the mirror at the bloat in my face.
Come on and watch the free show while the bloat makes out your check and mine.The Lumberjack Sky Pilot|Thomas D. Whittles
All malt liquors fatten, or at least bloat; and I hope you do not deal much in them.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son|The Earl of Chesterfield
Had good digestion through the growing period, but subsequently became subject to "bloat of wind" in abdomen.
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.
Word Origin 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.