from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas.
  • transitive v. To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke.
  • intransitive v. To become swollen or inflated: "Government had bloated out of control” ( Lance Morrow).
  • n. A swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of cattle and domestic animals that is caused by excessive gas formation following fermentation of ingested watery legumes or green forage.
  • n. An excess or surfeit, as of employees, expenses, or procedures: corporate bloat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to cause to become distended
  • v. to fill soft substance with gas, water, etc.; to cause to swell
  • v. to fill with vanity or conceit
  • v. to preserve by slightly salting and lightly smoking, (as in bloated herring).
  • n. distention of the abdomen from death

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bloated.
  • n. A term of contempt for a worthless, dissipated fellow.
  • intransitive v. To grow turgid as by effusion of liquid in the cellular tissue; to puff out; to swell.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To inflate; to puff up; to make vain.
  • transitive v. To dry (herrings) in smoke. See blote.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cured by smoking: as, a bloat herring.
  • See bloater.
  • To cure by smoking, as herrings. Formerly spelled blote.
  • Puffed; swollen; turgid: as, “the bloat king,”
  • To make turgid or swollen, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell, as with a dropsical humor; inflate; puff up; hence, make vain, conceited, etc.
  • To become swollen; be puffed out or dilated; dilate.
  • n. The bloater whitefish, Argyrosomus prognathus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become bloated or swollen or puff up
  • v. make bloated or swollen
  • n. swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas


From Middle English blout, soft, puffed, from Old Norse blautr, soft, soaked; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Old Norse blautr (soft), akin to Danish blød and German bloß (nude)[2]. (Wiktionary)



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