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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. (intransitive) (veterinary medicine) to get an overdistended rumen, talking of a ruminant.
  3. to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell.
  4. (intransitive) to become distended; to swell up.
    • 1730, John Arbuthnot, An Essay Concerning the Nature of Aliments
      if a Person of a firm Conſtitution begins to bloat, and from being warm grows cold, his Fibres grow weak, Anxiety and Palpitations of the Heart are a ſign of weak Fibres
  5. to fill with vanity or conceit.
    • 1675, John Dryden, Prologue to Circe by Dr. Davenant
      Encourage him, and bloat him up with Praise
  6. to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking.
    bloated herring



bloat (plural bloats)

  1. Distention of the abdomen from death.
  2. (veterinary medicine) Pathological overdistention of rumen with gas in a ruminant.
    Synonym: ruminal tympany
  3. (figuratively) Wasteful use of space or other resources.
    Adding an e-mail feature to this simple text editor would be pointless bloat.
  4. (derogatory, slang, dated) A worthless, dissipated fellow.



bloat (comparative more bloat, superlative most bloat)

  1. (obsolete) bloated.


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