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Which of the following words means “to make a crackling sound; crackle”?
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Origin of balloon

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

OTHER WORDS FROM balloon

bal·loon·like, adjective
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How to use balloon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for balloon

balloon
/ (bəˈluːn) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of balloon

ballooning, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for balloon

balloon
[ bə-lōōn ]

n.
An inflatable spherical device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with balloon

balloon

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