[fuhn-duh-muh nt]


the buttocks.
the anus.
a base or basic principle; underlying part; foundation.

Origin of fundament

1250–1300; < Latin fundāmentum foundation; replacing Middle English fondement < Old French. See found2, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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euphemistic, or facetious the buttocks
the natural features of the earth's surface, unaltered by man
a base or foundation, esp of a building
a theory, principle, or underlying basis

Word Origin for fundament

C13: from Latin fundāmentum foundation, from fundāre to found ²
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Word Origin and History for fundament

late 13c., "buttocks, anus," from Old French fondement "foundation, bottom; anus" (12c.), from Latin fundamentum "a foundation," from fundare "to found" (see bottom). So called because it is where one sits.

Alle þe filþ of his magh ['maw'] salle breste out atte his fondament for drede. ["Cursor Mundi," early 14c.]
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