Definición de balloon en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /bəˈluːn/


1A small coloured rubber bag which is inflated with air and then sealed at the neck, used as a child’s toy or a decoration: the room was festooned with balloons and streamers figurative his derision pricked the fragile balloon of her vanity
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  • It is now colourfully decorated in balloons and streamers.
  • The gaily coloured banners and balloons decorating the streets give the impression of an impromptu homecoming party.
  • Other similarly coloured decorations included flowers, balloons, the cake and the reception at the Hanover International.
2 (also hot-air balloon) A large bag filled with hot air or gas to make it rise in the air, typically one carrying a basket for passengers: he set his sights on crossing the Pacific by balloon
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  • Just as an object less dense than water rises to the surface, our balloon filled with hot air rises through the surrounding air.
  • The blast of red hot air filled the balloon, lifting them high into the air.
  • But all in all, I could understand hot-air balloon aviators' fascination with the sport.
hot-air balloon, fire balloon, barrage balloon, weather balloon;
airship, dirigible, Zeppelin, Montgolfier;
envelope, gasbag
informal blimp
3A rounded outline in which the words or thoughts of characters in a comic strip or cartoon are written: a balloon reading ‘Ka-Pow!’
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  • When applicable, Robinson will overlap his word balloons.
  • You've mentioned the haiku-like or telegram-like quality of word balloons in comics.
  • They're confused as to whether one follows the panels across or down, in what order the word balloons are sequenced, and so forth.
4 (also balloon glass) A large rounded drinking glass, used especially for brandy: a balloon of armagnac
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  • Once this concoction is ready, be careful to drink it in without any garnishing in a brandy balloon glass.
  • Isn't it nice when your guy opens the door for you and slides the Cabernet Sauvignon into your balloon glass?
  • On the table in front of him stood a balloon glass of great capacity filled with white wine.
5Scottish informal A stupid person.
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  • "He's a pudding, he's a balloon and he's no good," he went on.
  • Destiny has no idea what she was thinking on this one but my roommate believes he's a balloon because he likes to get high.


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1Swell out in a spherical shape: the trousers ballooned out below his waist
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  • It split down the middle to reveal a light lavender petticoat and the sleeves ballooned out, at the top, and cascaded down, past her hands, ending in a waterfall of silky material.
  • The necks of old port bottles, for example, usually have a slightly bulbous form, so that the lower part of the cylindrical cork is weakened where it ballooned out and became cone shaped.
  • I was about to breathe a sigh of relief when they ballooned out and started to parachute down in the middle of the courtyard.
swell (out), puff out/up, bulge (out), bag, belly (out), fill (out), billow (out);
blow up, inflate, distend, expand, dilate
1.1(Of an amount of money spent or owed) increase rapidly: the company’s debt has ballooned in the last five years
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  • The amount has ballooned from millions to billions.
  • The country's capital stock ballooned to reach a level that the economy could not support.
  • Broad money supply has ballooned $943 billion during the past 52 weeks.
increase rapidly, soar, rocket, shoot up, escalate, mount, surge, spiral, grow rapidly, rise rapidly
informal go through the ceiling, go through the roof, skyrocket
1.2(Of a person) increase rapidly in weight: I ate out of boredom and I just ballooned up
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  • She had ballooned up a good thirty pounds; her ankles were swollen and just carrying around her huge stomach made her ill.
  • I unwrapped the towels to discover my baby had ballooned up nicely.
  • She freely told Stevenson her figure had ballooned after she stopped taking a dietary supplement.
2British (With reference to a ball) lob or be lobbed high in the air: the ball ballooned into the air
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  • Up stepped Beckham, but he slipped horribly at the vital moment of impact and the ball ballooned embarrassingly over the bar.
  • Yet all the guys around the bat were convinced, because of the way the ball ballooned rather than bounced up, that it had hit Lamby's boot.
  • Attempting a sweep, the ball ballooned off his left forearm but it was difficult to tell whether it brushed the glove on the way past.
3Travel by hot-air balloon: he is famous for ballooning across oceans
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  • The shuttle launch gantry is equipped with seven 1,200-foot-long sliding wires, each attached to a basket similar to those used for hot-air ballooning.
  • He told me that the early morning is the ideal time for this sport as the air is very calm and so this is probably the best time to go hot air ballooning.
  • They can try horse riding, hot air ballooning, jet skiing, windsurfing and Bill and Aine can even get glammed up for a night in a casino.


when the balloon goes up

British informal When the action or trouble starts: we’ve got to get our man out of there before the balloon goes up
Probably with allusion to the release of a balloon to mark the start of an event
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  • If he wants to be certain of being absolutely on the ball when the balloon goes up - if it does - it's as well he gets a rest now.
  • They are demanding this, that and the other, but they won't lose out when the balloon goes up - they'll be living it up in Monte Carlo.
  • It will be hard to request more resources if and when the balloon goes up in a place like that.


Late 16th century (originally denoting a game played with a large inflated leather ball): from French ballon or Italian ballone 'large ball'.

  • The balloon that carries passengers in a basket is older than the one used as a children's toy. In 1782 the brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier built a large balloon from linen and paper and successfully lifted a number of animals, and the following year people, whereas the toy version did not appear until the middle of the next century. The word was adopted from French or Italian in the late 16th century, and originally referred to a large inflatable leather ball used in a game of the same name. It goes back to the same root as ball.

    The phrase when the balloon goes up, ‘when the action or trouble begins’, has been used in Britain since the 1920s. It may refer to the release of a balloon to mark the beginning of a race. By contrast, to go down like a lead balloon is American in origin: lead balloon appears as a term meaning ‘a failure, a flop’ in a comic strip of 1924 in which a man who had been sold dud shares discovered they were ‘about to go up as fast as a lead balloon’.

Palabras que riman con balloon

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