Pronunciation Verb

fart (farts, present participle farting; past and past participle farted)

  1. (informal, impolite, intransitive) To emit digestive gases from the anus; to flatulate.
    Synonyms: beef, blow off, break wind, cut one loose, cut the cheese, flatulate, Thesaurus:flatulate
  2. (colloquial, intransitive, usually, as "fart around") To waste time with idle and inconsequential tasks; to go about one's activities in a lackadaisical manner; to be lazy or over-relaxed in one's manner or bearing.
    Synonyms: futz, fool around, fool about
  3. (figuratively, transitive) To emit (fumes, gases, etc.).
    • 1988, Peter Carey (novelist), Oscar and Lucinda, London: Faber and Faber, 1989, Chapter 95, p. 457,
      Above his head the funnel farted black soot into the sky.
    • 2014, Marlon James (novelist), A Brief History of Seven Killings, New York: Riverhead Books, p. 139,
      We’ve been stuck behind a Ford Escort farting black smoke for ten minutes.
Translations Noun

fart (plural farts)

  1. (informal) An emission of digestive gases from the anus; a flatus. [from 15th c.]
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Metrocles somewhat indiscreetly, as he was disputing in his Schole, in presence of his auditory, let a fart, for shame whereof he afterwards kept his house and could not be drawen abroad […].
  2. (colloquial, impolite, pejorative) An irritating person; a fool.
  3. (colloquial, impolite, pejorative, potentially offensive) (usually as "old fart") An elderly person; especially one perceived to hold old-fashioned views.

Translations Translations
  • German: alter Knacker
  • Russian: ста́рый хрыч

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