\ˈblōt \

Definition of bloat 

(Entry 1 of 3)


bloated; bloating; bloats

Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make turgid or swollen

b : to cause abdominal distension in

2 : to fill to capacity or overflowing



Definition of bloat (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : one that is bloated

b : unwarranted or excessive growth or enlargement bureaucratic bloat

2 : digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments

3 : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach

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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No one should ever be criticized for bloating, weight gain, or pregnancy, and none of those things should be up for speculation. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Shut Down Pregnancy Rumors With Body Positive Instagram Story," 29 May 2018 There was no immediate word on whether he, too, was headed to the disabled list, which is already bloated with Mets. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Citi Field Freezes Over: Mets Beat the Yankees," 11 June 2018 Aces like Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals see that bloated 8.31 ERA in the boxscore. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever," 3 Apr. 2018 The federal government is bloated, and cuts and consolidation are wholly appropriate for Education and Labor. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Merging the Labor and Education departments won’t accomplish much, say experts," 21 June 2018 Most people infected with the parasite develop diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms. Detroit Free Press, "Del Monte recalls vegetable trays in Michigan, 5 other states," 18 June 2018 Common symptoms of these conditions include cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and fatigue. Emily Rubin, Rd, Ldn,, "Going gluten free? Dietitian shares unexpected sources of gluten," 11 June 2018 The atmosphere is chilling, but the plot keeps digressing, and the miniseries feels bloated. Hal Boedeker,, "'Sharp Objects,' Bill Maher, 'The 2000s': This weekend," 6 July 2018 And some foods, while perfectly tolerable in proper portions, can lead to extra gas and bloating if overconsumed. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Healthy eating mistakes that are interfering with your weight loss goals," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How to feel your best during this phase: Avoid salty foods, which can contribute to water retention and more bloat. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "A Month in the Life of Your Hormones," 27 May 2010 Many already do, and that’s prompted Microsoft and others to act to curtail the most egregious forms of bloat, but the battle is far from won. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 And that's not all—sunflower seeds also contain the anti-belly bloat mineral magnesium and mood-regulator and -lifter vitamin B6. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "10 Foods That Fight Off ALL Your PMS Symptoms," 19 June 2015 Coming after this succession of short releases, the bloat of Scorpion could end up seeming doubly exhausting. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The Five Biggest Questions Facing Drake on His Upcoming 'Scorpion' Album," 28 June 2018 Torn up beside the road,/ a bloat of skin and fur./ Afloat in bathtub, clean,/ blue-lipped, forgiven. Brandon Yu, San Francisco Chronicle, "Melissa Stein’s poetry explores the beautiful, awful reality of being female," 15 May 2018 One poor dietary decision and your belly bloats and bulges., "4 efficient exercises for a slimmer waistline," 12 June 2018 Low-fat dairy, plus nuts, and seeds can also help give you a bloat-busting boost. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Lose Weight Faster, But Safely," 12 Feb. 2018 Everything’s all romantic before the after dinner bloat. Meagan Fredette,, "Ashley I. & Jared Are Taking A Do-Over On Their Bachelor In Paradise Experience," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of bloat


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloat


Middle English blout, blote soft, pliable, from Old Norse blautr soft, weak; akin to Old English blēat miserable

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English Language Learners Definition of bloat

: too much growth


\ˈblōt \
bloated; bloating

Kids Definition of bloat

: to make swollen with or as if with fluid

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Medical Definition of bloat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to make turgid:

a : to produce edema in

b : to cause or result in accumulation of gas in the digestive tract of cucumbers sometimes bloat me

c : to cause abdominal distension in

intransitive verb

: to become turgid



Medical Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments

2a : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach

b : any flatulent digestive disturbance of domestic animals

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