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noun (1)

bloat·​er ˈblō-tər How to pronounce bloater (audio)
: a large fat herring or mackerel lightly salted and briefly smoked


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noun (2)

: a small silvery cisco (Coregonus hoyi) of the Great Lakes having oily flesh

Examples of bloater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Among the throng of clickers is an imposing new beast: a bloater. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 10 Feb. 2023 Lynskey, on the other hand, found the bloater to be a source of humor on set. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 10 Feb. 2023 Still, the video game injury hits like a bloater’s fist to the head. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 19 Feb. 2023 First introduced in the sequel game, The Last of Us II, the rat king is an anomaly composed of stalkers, clickers, and a bloater. Brooke Lamantia, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Feb. 2023 The bloater, made of a bulky, practical suit and some CGI, is his latest creation. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 10 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

obsolete bloat (to cure)

Noun (2)

bloat entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1824, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloater was in 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Bloater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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