Main definitions of bloat in English

: bloat1bloat2

bloat1

verb

  • Make or become swollen with fluid or gas.

    with object ‘the fungus has bloated their abdomens’
    ‘she suffered from abdominal bloating’
    • ‘If PMT is playing havoc with your life, remember that food can relieve such symptoms as mood changes, bloating, fluid retention and pain.’
    • ‘The same tea also relieves bloating, sinusitis, catarrh and extreme muscle exhaustion.’
    • ‘But you probably noticed that when you were on those hormones that you had bloating and swelling at the ankles and breasts.’
    • ‘It is rare to see instant results when making dietary changes, but according to experts, bloating and swollen ankles can literally ‘deflate’ within a matter of days when salt intake is reduced.’
    • ‘There can be no eating of salt, because a lot of salt causes bloating.’
    • ‘A top tip to reduce bloating after meals is to vary carbohydrate foods and use a good probiotic supplement.’
    • ‘It treats decreased appetite, loss of taste, inability to eat more than a little at a time, bloating after eating, distension and general weakness.’
    • ‘You may notice a burning sensation in your upper abdomen, nausea, bloating and belching.’
    • ‘Eases fluid retention, leaving you less bloated and slimmer.’
    • ‘Used either in formula or individually, it serves to regulate the metabolism, prevent bloating and counteract obesity.’
    • ‘It can help to reduce bloating - and feeling less heavy will make you feel better about yourself.’
    • ‘In children, the abdomen can become swollen and bloated and medical attention should be sought urgently.’
    • ‘Your heightened sensitivity can also lead to swelling and bloating.’
    • ‘But his joy was short-lived for his body started bloating faster than a puffer fish.’
    • ‘Her digestive system may also be affected and she will suffer from bloating.’
    swell, swell out, puff out, puff up, stick out, balloon, balloon out, balloon up, fill out, bag, belly
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noun

mass noun
  • A disease of livestock characterized by an accumulation of gas in the stomach.

    • ‘However, grazing only red clover has the potential risk of bloat.’
    • ‘Also, grazing that leaves very short stubble could lead to a greater risk of bloat if livestock are hungry when turned into the next paddock.’
    • ‘Signs of bloat are stomach pain and futile attempts to vomit and to salivate.’
    • ‘When bloat occurs, the stomach can turn and block, causing a buildup of gas.’
    • ‘Also, adding salt has been shown to decrease the incidence of bloat.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from obsolete bloat ‘swollen, soft’, perhaps from Old Norse blautr ‘soft, flabby’.

Pronunciation

bloat

/bləʊt/

Main definitions of bloat in English

: bloat1bloat2

bloat2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cure (a herring) by salting and smoking it lightly.

    • ‘The latter, however, are very agreeable and good for making pickled or bloated herring.’
    • ‘I spotted a chunk of granite in the shape of a bloated herring and grabbed it too, ready to do battle with both hands.’

Origin

Late 16th century: related to the adjective bloat used in the compound bloat herring ‘bloater’ from the late 16th to mid 17th century; of obscure origin.

Pronunciation

bloat

/bləʊt/