Nearby words

  1. ballocks,
  2. ballon,
  3. ballon d'essai,
  4. ballonet,
  5. ballonné,
  6. balloon angioplasty,
  7. balloon barrage,
  8. balloon chuck,
  9. balloon clock,
  10. balloon frame

Origin of balloon

1570–80; < Upper Italian ballone, equivalent to ball(a) (< Langobardic; see ball1) + -one augmentative suffix; or < Middle French ballon < Upper Italian

Related formsbal·loon·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for balloon


/ (bəˈluːn) /



Derived Formsballooning, nounballoonist, nounballoon-like, adjective

Word Origin for balloon

C16 (in the sense: ball, ball game): from Italian dialect ballone, from balla, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German balla ball 1

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Word Origin and History for balloon
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Medicine definitions for balloon


[ bə-lōōn ]


An inflatable spherical device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes.

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Idioms and Phrases with balloon


In addition to the idiom beginning with balloon

  • balloon goes up, the

also see:

  • go over (like a lead balloon)
  • trial balloon
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