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  1. a herring cured by being salted and briefly smoked and dried.
  2. a mackerel similarly cured.
  3. a freshwater cisco, Coregonus hoyi, found in the Great Lakes.
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Origin of bloater

1825–35; bloat (adj.) + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • The bloater was left to waste its sweetness on the morning air.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • Wirtoo,” observed the Bloater, sententiously, “is its own reward.

  • But the Bloater and Little Jim were not thus to be got rid of.

  • Here the Bloater laid his hand on his heart and made a courtly bow.

  • The Bloater cut the cord that bound Phil Sparks, and darted from the room.

British Dictionary definitions for bloater


  1. a herring, or sometimes a mackerel, that has been salted in brine, smoked, and cured
  2. British slang a fat or greedy person
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