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Bloat \Bloat\ (bl[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bloated; p. pr. & vb. n. Bloating.] [Cf. Icel. blotna to become soft, blautr soft, wet, Sw. bl["o]t soft, bl["o]ta to soak; akin to G. bloss bare, and AS. ble['a]t wretched; or perh. fr. root of Eng. 5th blow. Cf. Blote.]

  1. To make turgid, as with water or air; to cause a swelling of the surface of, from effusion of serum in the cellular tissue, producing a morbid enlargement, often accompanied with softness.

  2. To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.


Bloat \Bloat\, v. i. To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.


Bloat \Bloat\, a. Bloated. [R.]


Bloat \Bloat\, n. A term of contempt for a worthless, dissipated fellow.


Bloat \Bloat\, v. t. To dry (herrings) in smoke. See Blote.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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" (compare 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).\n

\nInfluenced 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.

  1. (context obsolete English) bloated n. 1 distention of the abdomen from death 2 (context figurative English) wasteful use of space 3 (context derogatory slang dated English) A worthless, dissipated fellow. v

  2. 1 to cause to become distended 2 to fill soft substance with gas, water, et

  3. ; to cause to swell 3 (context intransitive English) to become distended; to swell up 4 to fill with vanity or conceit 5 to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking

  1. n. swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas

  2. v. become bloated or swollen or puff up; "The dead man's stomach was bloated"

  3. make bloated or swollen; "Hunger bloated the child's belly"

Bloat (disambiguation)

Bloat may refer to:

  • Bloating, a medical condition
  • Bloat, a misnomer for the veterinary condition gastric dilatation volvulus also known as gastric torsion
  • Gas bloat syndrome, a surgery complication (see also Gastric volvulus)
  • Bloat, a collective noun for a group of hippopotami
  • Bloat (Wild Cards)
  • Code bloat, unnecessarily long or slow computer code
  • Software bloat, an uncontrolled and damaging growth of a software system

Usage examples of "bloat".

After a while his organs had begun to degenerate, depleted calcium levels had reduced his bones to brittle porcelain sticks, muscles had atrophied, and fluid bloated his tissues, impairing his lungs, degrading his lymphatic system.

Langeron and Yekaterininskaya streets, directly opposite the huge Fankoni Cafe where stockbrokers and grain merchants in Panama hats sat at marble-topped tables set out right on the pavement, Paris-style, under awnings and surrounded by potted laurel trees, the cab in which Auntie and Pavlik were travelling was all but overturned by a bright-red automobile driven by the heir to the famous Ptashnikov Bros, firm, a grotesquely bloated young man in a tiny yachting cap, who looked amazingly like a prize Yorkshire pig.

They hung motionless from their ghastly perches, the hot sun bleaching their bloated faces.

They were the walnut missiles that had been dropped at the fire, causing the horrible bloating death.

The Agent with his own eyes had seen the horror of the bloating death.

But, instead of shooting formic acid crystals that would cause the bloating death, only yellow kernels showed.

With mouths that bloated and shriveled, ballooned to turgid proportions only to be swiftly metabolized, they mocked his futile efforts: moaning, whistling, enouncing in measured, whispered tones that echoed with the icy indifference in which they dwelled.

Bloated dead vines the size of fire hoses draped limply across the floor, extending out from the livid, gelid mass.

The look on his bloated face frightened her more than had all the ghastliness of his army.

So when I arrived home after that jolly jail Chautauqua, Bob Maelstorm, Abe Gingivitis, and Tom Florissant were camped on my portal all bloated up like bullfrogs in mating season because a few moments ago they had formed The Committee to Save Willow Road.

The large headmaster rubbed a kerchief across his blotchy face, huffing and puffing almost continually as his bloated body tried to pull in enough air.

The patient gradually loses strength and becomes languid, her face is pale and usually bloated, livid circles appear around the eyes, the appetite is impaired, the bowels are constipated, and the feet and ankles swollen.

Clouds were piling up to the west, darkening the lowering sun, turning it from orange to deep crimson, a half-seen oblate, bloated and veiled by the oncoming weather.

Cygni B was a bloated, orangish blob, which became an orb when he looked at it through a filter.

The tubes that pulled free of his veins through his skin looked like ovipositors of immense bloated wasps that had grown like galls on the trunks of stunted trees to either side of him.