bloat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Old Norse blautr (soft)[1], akin to Danish blød and German bloß (nude)[2].

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

bloat (third-person singular simple present bloats, present participle bloating, simple past and past participle bloated)

  1. to cause to become distended
  2. to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell
  3. (intransitive) to become distended; to swell up
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Arbuthnot to this entry?)
  4. to fill with vanity or conceit
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  5. to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking
    bloated herring

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

bloat (plural bloats)

  1. distention of the abdomen from death
  2. (figuratively) wasteful use of space
    Adding an e-mail feature to this simple text editor would be pointless bloat.
  3. (derogatory, slang, dated) A worthless, dissipated fellow.

Adjective[edit]

bloat (comparative more bloat, superlative most bloat)

  1. (obsolete) bloated
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ bloat in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
  2. ^ Cognates in ODS