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Origin of bloated

First recorded in 1655–65; bloat + -ed2
Related formsbloat·ed·ness, nounun·bloat·ed, adjective


verb (used with object)
  1. to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell: Overeating bloated their bellies.
  2. to puff up; make vain or conceited: The promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
  3. to cure (fishes) as bloaters.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated: The carcass started to bloat.
  1. Also called hoven. Veterinary Pathology. (in cattle, sheep, and horses) a distention of the rumen or paunch or of the large colon by gases of fermentation, caused by eating ravenously of green forage, especially legumes.
  2. a person or thing that is bloated.
  3. bloater(defs 1, 2).

Origin of bloat

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

Synonyms for bloat

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Related Words for bloated

distended, arrogant, pompous, stuffy, turgid, intumescent

Examples from the Web for bloated

Contemporary Examples of bloated

Historical Examples of bloated

  • And all waited on what the grotesque, bloated figure they watched might reveal.

    The Bluff of the Hawk

    Anthony Gilmore

  • This is a sort of bloated Manchester or Birmingham of the district.

  • It was the living face as he remembered it—bleared, bloated, gross, and drunken.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • At all events he was a Scandinavian of some sort, and a bloated monopolist to boot.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The young man had a disagreeable swagger and a bloated face.

British Dictionary definitions for bloated


  1. swollen, as with a liquid, air, or wind
  2. puffed up, as with conceit


  1. to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind
  2. to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit
  3. (tr) to cure (fish, esp herring) by half-drying in smoke
  1. 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 bloated

"overgrown," 1660s, past participle adjective from bloat (v.). Figurative sense by 1711.



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.

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bloated in Medicine


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