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Syllabification: fart
Pronunciation: /färt

Definition of fart in English:


[no object]
1Emit gas from the anus.
Example sentences
  • The proletarians were said to have bodies that were not sublimated, which farted and belched and emitted all sorts of cacophonous noises.
  • Basically, they spend their days farting, chewing grass and staring at passing cars with expressions of vague bewilderment.
  • Start to watch one of those programmes where non-celebrities, normal people, fall over, get wet or film their children farting in the bath.
1.1 (fart about/around) Waste time on silly or trivial things.
Example sentences
  • How am I supposed to waste time farting around when people keep killing each other.
  • My publishers are farting around at the moment but they will bring it out in a kind of lavishly tooled arty-farty volume.
  • Whilst we, their former colonial oppressors, are still farting around with bits of paper, pencils and tin boxes - they've just got on with it and held their first totally electronic national election.


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1An emission of gas from the anus.
Example sentences
  • We know also that farts are warm (not hot), so I'll add that: a fart is warm wind emitted from the anus.
  • Nature decided to put an abrupt end to our finger-pointing conspiracy theorists' dialogue, when a deafening fart emptied from the anus of someone soundly asleep downstairs.
  • If I can remember what I learned in junior high school regarding tornadoes, they're some kind of thing which is made up of wind, like a fart but only much more powerful.
1.1A boring or contemptible person: he was such an old fart
More example sentences
  • I'm a boring old fart, who values her money, and won't buy him a brand new shirt to chop holes in so he can look like a pirate.
  • I'm being a boring old fart so I'm in my room getting ready to go to bed.
  • On television, there was some boring old fart in a suit talking about the dangers of credit growth.


Old English (recorded in the verbal noun feorting 'farting').

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