[flach-uh-luh nt]
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  1. generating gas in the alimentary canal, as food.
  2. attended with, caused by, or suffering from such an accumulation of gas.
  3. having unsupported pretensions; inflated and empty; pompous; turgid: a flatulent style.

Origin of flatulent

1590–1600; < New Latin flātulentus; see flatus, -ulent
Related formsflat·u·lence, flat·u·len·cy, nounflat·u·lent·ly, adverbnon·flat·u·lence, nounnon·flat·u·len·cy, nounnon·flat·u·lent, adjectivenon·flat·u·lent·ly, adverb
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  1. suffering from or caused by an excessive amount of gas in the alimentary canal, producing uncomfortable distension
  2. generating excessive gas in the alimentary canal
  3. pretentious or windy in style
Derived Formsflatulence or flatulency, nounflatulently, adverb

Word Origin for flatulent

C16: from New Latin flātulentus, from Latin: flatus
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Word Origin and History for flatulent

1590s, from Middle French flatulent, from Modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus "a blowing, a breaking wind," past participle of flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

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