- a flatus expelled through the anus.
- an irritating or foolish person.
- to expel a flatus through the anus; break wind.
- 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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- an emission of intestinal gas from the anus, esp an audible one
- a contemptible person
- to expel intestinal gas from the anus; to break wind
- fart about or fart around
- to behave foolishly or aimlessly
- to waste time
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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