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.

Nearby words

  1. farsi,
  2. farsighted,
  3. farsightedly,
  4. farsightedness,
  5. farsistan,
  6. farther,
  7. farthermost,
  8. farthest,
  9. farthing,
  10. farthingale

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 around



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 around



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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