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

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, grazing only red clover has the potential risk of bloat.’
    • ‘Also, adding salt has been shown to decrease the incidence 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

bloat

/blōt//bloʊt/

Main definitions of bloat in US English:

: bloat1bloat2

bloat2

verb

[with object]
  • Cure (a herring) by salting and smoking it lightly.

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

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

/blōt//bloʊt/