- The definition of bloat is a swollen person or thing.
An example of bloat is a belly after eating too much.
- Bloat is defined as to swell with air, water or pride.
- An example of bloat is filling a tire with air; the air has caused the tire the bloat.
- An example of bloat is filling an empty balloon with water; the water has caused the balloon to bloat.
- An example of bloat is feeding a person's ego with compliments; his ego bloat with compliments.
Origin of bloatMiddle English blout, soft from Old Norse blautr; ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to swell: see ball
- to swell, as with water or air
- to puff up, as with pride
- to make or become overly large: often in the pp.: a bloated state budget
- a person or thing that has bloated
- Vet.Med. a gassy swelling of the abdomen usually caused by watery forage
Origin of bloatMiddle English blote, soft with moisture from Old Norse blautr, soaked: see bloat
verbbloat·ed, bloat·ing, bloats
- To cause to swell up or inflate, as with liquid or gas.
- To cure (fish) by soaking in brine and half-drying in smoke.
- 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.
- An excess or surfeit, as of employees, expenses, or procedures: corporate bloat.
Origin of bloatFrom Middle English blout soft, puffed from Old Norse blautr soft, soaked ; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present bloats, present participle bloating, simple past and past participle bloated)
- distention of the abdomen from death
- (figuratively) wasteful use of space
- Adding an e-mail feature to this simple text editor would be pointless bloat.
- (derogatory, slang, dated) A worthless, dissipated fellow.
(comparative more bloat, superlative most bloat)
- (obsolete) bloated
Perhaps from Old Norse blautr (“soft”) , akin to Danish blød and German bloß (“nude”) .