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 forms

bal·loon·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for balloon

balloon

/ (bəˈluːn) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

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
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Medicine 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.
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Idioms and Phrases with balloon

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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