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fart

[fahrt] /fɑrt/
noun
1.
a flatus expelled through the anus.
2.
an irritating or foolish person.
verb (used without object)
3.
to expel a flatus through the anus; break wind.
Verb phrases
4.
fart around, to spend time foolishly or aimlessly.
Origin
1350-1400
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

fart

/fɑːt/
noun
1.
an emission of intestinal gas from the anus, esp an audible one
2.
a contemptible person
verb (intransitive)
3.
to expel intestinal gas from the anus; to break wind
4.
fart about, fart around
  1. to behave foolishly or aimlessly
  2. to waste time
Word Origin
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
v.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for fart

fart

noun
  1. A man; fellow; person; guy: What's that stupid fart up to? (1930s+)
  2. The least thing; nothing; diddly, zilch: It isn't worth a fart (1460+)
verb

To expel gas through the anus; relieve flatulence by the most immediate expedient; toot (1250+)

Related Terms

lay a fart, old fart


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