a flatus expelled through the anus.
an irritating or foolish person.

verb (used without object)

to expel a flatus through the anus; break wind.

Verb Phrases

fart around, to spend time foolishly or aimlessly.

Origin of fart

1350–1400; Middle English ferten, farten (v.), fert, fart (noun); cognate with Greek pérdein (v.), pordḗ (noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for fart



an emission of intestinal gas from the anus, esp an audible one
a contemptible person

verb (intr)

to expel intestinal gas from the anus; to break wind
fart about or fart around
  1. to behave foolishly or aimlessly
  2. to waste time

Word Origin for fart

Middle English farten; related to Old Norse freta, Old High German ferzan to break wind, Sanskrit pardatē he breaks wind
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Word Origin and History for fart

Old English feortan, ultimately from PIE *perd- (cf. Old High German ferzan, Old Norse freta, Sanskrit pard, Greek perdein, Lithuanian perdzu, Russian perdet), of imitative origin. Related: Farted; farting. As a noun, from late 14c.

Clatterer or clatterfart, which wyl disclose anye light secreate. [Richard Huloet, "Abecedarium Anglo-Latinum," 1552.]
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