The fly had pierced a blood vessel and would now bloat itself with blood.

The consekence was, he began to swell an bloat like a mad porkepine.

Is this a healthy fat which we are putting on him, or is it bloat?

Should you be still anxious to arrive at Bloat, you cannot do better than——'

But her distress was still very great, and her feet soon began to turn purple, and she began to bloat in her stomach and bowels.

An he swaggers around me and thinks hes a boss man because he licked that bloat Sheedy.

How ruthlessly many of them have been turned out of office that some bloat of a politician might take their place!

Had good digestion through the growing period, but subsequently became subject to "bloat of wind" in abdomen.

From the second dose her water became natural and she did not bloat so much in p.m.

Come on and watch the free show while the bloat makes out your check and mine.


1670s, "to cause to swell" (earlier, in reference to cured fish, "to cause to be soft," 1610s), from now obsolete bloat (adj.), attested from c.1300 as "soft, flabby, flexible, pliable," but by 17c. meaning "puffed up, swollen." Perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blautr "soaked, soft from being cooked in liquid" (cf. Swedish blöt fisk "soaked fish"), possibly from Proto-Germanic *blaut-, from PIE *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow," an extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).

Influenced by or combined with Old English blawan "blow, puff." Figurative use by 1711. Intransitive meaning "to swell, to become swollen" is from 1735. Related: Bloated; bloating.


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