bloat

{{11}}bloat (n.) 1860 as a disease of livestock, from BLOAT (Cf. bloat) (v.). Meaning "bloatedness" is from 1905.
{{12}}bloat (v.) 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 O.N. blautr "soaked, soft from being cooked in liquid" (Cf. Swed. blöt fisk "soaked fish"), possibly from P.Gmc. *blaut-, from PIE *bhleu- "to swell, well up, overflow," an extension of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see BOLE (Cf. bole)). Influenced by or combined with O.E. blawan "blow, puff." Figurative use by 1711. Intransitive meaning "to swell, to become swollen" is from 1735. Related: Bloated; bloating.

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