[ flach-uh-luh nt ]
/ ˈflætʃ ə lənt /


generating gas in the alimentary canal, as food.
attended with, caused by, or suffering from such an accumulation of gas.
having unsupported pretensions; inflated and empty; pompous; turgid: a flatulent style.

Origin of flatulent

1590–1600; < New Latin flātulentus; see flatus, -ulent

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/ (ˈflætjʊlənt) /


suffering from or caused by an excessive amount of gas in the alimentary canal, producing uncomfortable distension
generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal
pretentious or windy in style

Derived Forms

flatulence or flatulency, nounflatulently, adverb

Word Origin for flatulent

C16: from New Latin flātulentus, from Latin: flatus
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