Definition of fart in English:



[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1Emit wind from the anus.

    • ‘I really, at this point, want to stop talking about farting.’
    • ‘Disciplinary sanctions cover everything from fighting to farting.’
    • ‘Apparently, I was farting in my sleep this morning and it woke you up.’
    • ‘Start to watch one of those programmes where non-celebrities, normal people, fall over, get wet or film their children farting in the bath.’
    • ‘That goes for the fat guy next to me who is taking up three seats and won't stop farting.’
    • ‘He's been shown farting loudly and annoying all the girls.’
    • ‘Then at the restaurant one has to mind one's manners, no slurping, grunting, farting or burping.’
    • ‘I've been informed that one of the major contributors to the greenhouse effect is the methane produced from cows farting.’
    • ‘That's worse than farting in an elevator and blaming the blind kid.’
    • ‘Research showing that herrings apparently communicate by farting.’
    • ‘Anyhow, this post is all about farting, so if you have problems with that and are a bit prudish, then probably you might not want to read any further.’
    • ‘Naturally, my mum was disgusted (being that mums for some reason are exempt from farting and the like).’
    • ‘Basically, they spend their days farting, chewing grass and staring at passing cars with expressions of vague bewilderment.’
    • ‘An uneven potpourri of singing and farting soon joined them.’
    • ‘Everyone was farting (with nerves I expect) and if someone had lit a match in our carriage it would have blown sky high.’
    • ‘But, then, he can't do it without farting too, so we'll not talk about him.’
    • ‘That is, until Rebecca started farting like a broken car.’
    • ‘I know it's like farting in church but it's still worth saying out loud that the postal workers have won a tremendous victory.’
    • ‘The proletarians were said to have bodies that were not sublimated, which farted and belched and emitted all sorts of cacophonous noises.’
    • ‘Many of you may remember the first time your innate female air of innocence got you off the hook - for me it was farting in church.’
    intestinal gas, wind, gas
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  • 2fart around" or "aboutWaste time on silly or trivial things.

    • ‘As soon as I feel a bit less wobbly, I'm going to take my digital camera and head into the city for a day of celebratory farting around.’
    • ‘I stayed up way too late just farting around on my computer, had some really weird dreams this morning, and now here I am.’
    • ‘How am I supposed to waste time farting around when people keep killing each other.’
    • ‘You're the one who wanted to go out and said they were ready and now you're farting about with makeup when it's dark outside anyway!’
    • ‘I'm sure a real DJ could whip up a better version of this abomination fairly easily, but I was just farting around in audio software and figured I might as well upload it.’
    • ‘My publishers are farting around at the moment but they will bring it out in a kind of lavishly tooled arty-farty volume.’
    • ‘And while he was at it, he installed the MT upgrade for me too - something I'd been farting around about for a couple of weeks now.’
    • ‘Most of these were taken when I was farting around with the camera in the bus, taking photos out the window.’
    • ‘Asif was farting around like he'd never been in a storm before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I don't think giving it a holiday means farting around with HTML on my template.’
    • ‘I'd much rather make a film where women are doing something interesting rather than sitting around, looking pretty and farting around in tight skirts.’
    • ‘I've been farting around with firewalls, spyware and updating my anti-virus software this week, which in addition to some ISP hassles has kept me away from blogging.’
    • ‘I slept in very late (since it was a huge sleep debt I'd built up), then farted around on the computer.’
    • ‘Of course, now I've farted around and everyone else has already blogged about it, but it's still worth a look-see if you haven't caught it already.’
    • ‘I think I was awake by about 10, and just farted around the apartment until it was time for my hair appointment.’
    • ‘Instead, we have had the usual farting around, and now here we are with 1,000 people staring into the abyss.’
    • ‘Sorry, I've been farting around with JavaScript for hours and I'm not in the mood to post more.’
    • ‘Don't mind me, just farting about with the template.’
    • ‘Christmas morning will be spent playing cards as a family in the middle of a mass of wrapping paper and farting around with the ‘fun’ gifts.’


  • 1An emission of wind 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.’
    • ‘I'm sure all the problems you mentioned will disappear like a fart in the wind.’
    • ‘Take no action to conceal the sound of your many farts (in fact, it might be better to do this with a number of people).’
    • ‘And he should find farts funny, too.’
    • ‘Why do we like to smell our own farts, yet are sickened by those of others?’
    • ‘In particular I loved it's absurdity, it's gross attention to detail and it's endless fart gags.’
    • ‘My greatest fear was that we would be associated with all these fart jokes.’
    • ‘You consciously clench your anus to ensure that any sneaky sudden farts don't take you and your fellow passengers by surprise.’
    • ‘Ossie let a big, long, smelly fart in his direction.’
    • ‘Yes, even a governor or Oscar winner will be asked if they like the smell of their farts.’
    • ‘I thought that everyone understood that farts are funny.’
    • ‘While we waited the elderly man in front of Dawn let out a very loud fart.’
    • ‘He throws in a few fart gags later, plus we get to see him in a sumo thong.’
    • ‘He was drawing up his knees, a definite pain cry that would lessen just after a fart and then increase again until the next release of wind.’
    • ‘We know also that farts are warm (not hot), so I'll add that: a fart is warm wind emitted from the anus.’
    • ‘To this end, I let out a loud, long fart.’
    • ‘When she mentioned the issue of the loans, the response was like when your aged aunt farts at the dinner table.’
    • ‘What about white kidney bean extract, the horrible farts, the newfound energy I experienced?’
    • ‘All of a sudden I let out a massive fart that smelled of filet mignon.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A boring or contemptible person.

    ‘he was such an old fart’
    • ‘He's quite the old fart, and look - he managed to avoid drooling when he spoke today!’
    • ‘I'm being a boring old fart so I'm in my room getting ready to go to bed.’
    • ‘Who wants to admit that they've become a boring old fart?’
    • ‘I'll be missing the last couple of hours because I'm an old fart and I need my sleep.’
    • ‘I'm coping with being an old fart remarkably well.’
    • ‘If that's a sign of age, then call me an old fart, just don't say I'm wrong for being so.’
    • ‘This isn't an old fart complaining that things were better in his youth; it's the result of deliberate policy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The old fart really doesn't like people, does he?’
    • ‘But, at risk of sounding like an old fart, in my day the cartoons at least tried to provide some entertainment value of their own.’
    • ‘But you have to be terribly careful because anything that you say that is even mildly critical means you sound like an old fart.’
    • ‘Surely my piercings aren't a sign that I'm an old fart?’
    • ‘I'm turning into an old fart who only wants to listen to music I already know.’
    • ‘It was a good night, although it did confirm that I have become a boring old fart.’
    • ‘I don't think I'm about to let an old fart like you see anyone.’
    • ‘On television, there was some boring old fart in a suit talking about the dangers of credit growth.’
    • ‘Yes, the old fart died, but the point is, he did me a great injustice.’
    • ‘As I said earlier my children probably think I'm a boring old fart.’
    • ‘Now, I may be an old fart having been a journalist for 36 years, but I have never, ever known a journalist wanting to be on the commercial side of the business.’
    • ‘Yes, and I suppose this officially makes me an old fart if I even care about these sorts of things, but if we don't have standards, then what separates us from the savages?’


Old English (recorded in the verbal noun feorting ‘farting’) of Germanic origin; related to German farzen, furzen.