\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \

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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Have you ever been bloated while wearing tight pants with no stretch and sitting in an uncomfortable chair for that long? Gray Chapman, SELF, "The Pants That Got Me Through 3 Days of an Active Vacation Without My Luggage," 26 Jan. 2019 Put simply, the company got bloated, leading to a disappointing financial performance and unwieldy operations. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "5 ways General Electric is shrinking as an American corporate icon," 26 June 2018 Her stomach is already bloated from huge quantities of goat's milk and oily couscous, but the meal is not over. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 But some patients may suffer chronic pain or discomfort in the lower gut, bloating and constipation or diarrhea—a condition that some doctors are now calling SUDD, for symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 Rosters bloat and games consistently drag past the three-hour mark. Dennis Lin,, "Padres serve up seven Twins home runs in 16-0 shellacking," 13 Sep. 2017 Some other classic health sins hold equally true for the skin under your eyes as well: Smoking, sun exposure, bloat-causers like excessive salt and alcohol, and that be-all end-all, stress, can all encourage dark circles to make an appearance. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 This process then causes your good friend bloat to say hello. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 Other de-bloating elixirs: Ask your juice joint to press a celery-centric concoction, and take a 500-milligram parsley capsule twice a day. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Lose 5 Pounds Fast," 25 Nov. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Getting back into your normal food and sleep routines will help shed the bloat from salt, grease and booze. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer,, "Experts Share Their Best Tips on How to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain," 6 June 2019 Its later bloat tells the story of how digitization ate the world. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "iTunes Is Dead. Let's Pay Our Respects," 3 June 2019 None of these features feel like bloat either; the main user interface is basically stock Android 8.1 Oreo. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: the thrill is gone," 30 July 2018 Franchise bloat, reboot mania, award-season solemnity... Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 So even without all the budget bloat, the economy would still be growing well above 3%. Stephen Moore, WSJ, "The Trump Boom Is No Mere ‘Sugar High’," 9 Dec. 2018 That lengthy digestion can lead to the classic post-burger-and-fries feeling of bloat and gassiness. Amy Marturana, SELF, "7 Common Causes of Excessive Gas," 26 Dec. 2018 Eating these foods in conjunction with fats and protein (so, an apple with a smear of peanut butter) can also help lessen symptoms of bloat. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Bloated?," 29 Oct. 2018 In 2017, Kelly McKeague, a former engineer, came to the DPAA after 34 years in the Navy with a mission to keep an agency with deep emotional stakes free of bloat. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II," 7 Nov. 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

chiefly US : too much growth


\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \
bloated; bloating

Kids Definition of bloat

: to make swollen with or as if with fluid
\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \

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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