farting around

fart

[fahrt] Vulgar.
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; Middle English ferten, farten (v.), fert, fart (noun); cognate with Greek pérdein (v.), pordḗ (noun)

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fart (fɑːt)
 
n
1.  an emission of intestinal gas from the anus, esp an audible one
2.  a contemptible person
 
vb
3.  to expel intestinal gas from the anus; to break wind
4.  fart about, fart around
 a.  to behave foolishly or aimlessly
 b.  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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fart
O.E. feortan, ult. from PIE *perd- (cf. O.H.G. ferzan, O.N. freta, Skt. pard, Gk. perdein, Lith. perdzu, Rus. perdet), of imitative origin. Related: Farted; farting.
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