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[bloh-tid] /ˈbloʊ tɪd/
swollen; puffed up; overlarge.
excessively vain; conceited.
excessively fat; obese.
1655-65; bloat + -ed2
Related forms
bloatedness, noun
unbloated, adjective


[bloht] /bloʊt/
verb (used with object)
to expand or distend, as with air, water, etc.; cause to swell:
Overeating bloated their bellies.
to puff up; make vain or conceited:
The promotion has bloated his ego to an alarming degree.
to cure (fishes) as bloaters.
verb (used without object)
to become swollen; be puffed out or dilated:
The carcass started to bloat.
Also called hoven. Veterinary Pathology. (in cattle, sheep, and horses) a distention of the rumen or paunch or of the large colon by gases of fermentation, caused by eating ravenously of green forage, especially legumes.
a person or thing that is bloated.
bloater (defs 1, 2).
1250-1300; earlier bloat (adj.) soft, puffy, Middle English blout < Old Norse blautr wet, soft
1. swell, inflate, enlarge, balloon. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bloated


swollen, as with a liquid, air, or wind
puffed up, as with conceit


to swell or cause to swell, as with a liquid, air, or wind
to become or cause to be puffed up, as with conceit
(transitive) to cure (fish, esp herring) by half-drying in smoke
(vet science) an abnormal distention of the abdomen in cattle, sheep, etc, caused by accumulation of gas in the stomach
Word Origin
C17: probably related to Old Norse blautr soaked, Old English blāt pale
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Word Origin and History for bloated

"overgrown," 1660s, past participle adjective from bloat (v.). Figurative sense by 1711.



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" (cf. 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).

Influenced 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.

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bloated in Medicine

bloat (blōt)
Abdominal distention due to swallowed air or intestinal gas production.

bloat'ed (blō'tĭd) adj.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bloated

bitch kitty

noun phrase
  1. An especially disliked or disagreeable woman (1930+)
  2. An especially unpleasant or difficult task: Taking the rusty muffler off the car was a bitch kitty (1930+)
  3. Anything especially pleasant or admirable; humdinger: a real bitch kitty of a performance (1940s+)
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Encyclopedia Article for bloated


disorder of ruminant animals involving distention of the rumen, the first of the four divisions of the stomach, with gas of fermentation. Bloated cattle are restless and noticeably uncomfortable and have distended left flanks. Bloat often occurs in cattle that have grazed young, lush legumes such as clover or ingested large amounts of concentrate rations. Though deaths have occurred, economic losses from bloat usually derive from reduction in milk production and weight-gain rate. Treatment involves administration of antifoaming agents and relief of pressure by passage of a stomach tube via the esophagus.

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