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Perhaps from Middle English blot, blout (soft; flexible; pliable), from Old Norse blautr (soft)[1], akin to Danish blød, Dutch bloot (nude) and German bloß (nude)[2].



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



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.


bloat (comparative more bloat, superlative most bloat)

  1. (obsolete) bloated
    1602, William Shakespeare, “Act 3, Scene 4. The Queen's Closet.”, in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkTragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark/Act 3#Scene 4. The Queen's closet.:
    Let the bloat king tempt you again to bed


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