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1Suffering from or marked by an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal:‘treat flatulent cows with caustic soda’
- ‘Speaking of wind, an Australian biologist has developed a serum which reduces methane gas from flatulent sheep and cows.’
- ‘Well, the gases released when one is flatulent are essentially, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen sulphide.’
- ‘The midge-magnet sucks in female midges by mimicking the smell of flatulent cows.’
- ‘An emotionally confused daughter, a computer-recluse son and a cantankerously flatulent grandfather raise family bickering to an art.’
- ‘But such is his infectious brand of humour, it is likely that he will have requests for some of his funniest and most enduring routines such as the flatulent father of the bride, the drunk in the Chinese takeaway and, of course, Bottler.’
- ‘In a nicely creepy scene they watch in bewilderment as animals flee from its cover, and the appearance of a feverish, flatulent hunter spells much worse to come.’
- ‘Rumor has it he's caught the scent of a new tax wafting its way up from New Zealand where they tax flatulent sheep, supposedly a contributor to ‘global warming.’’
- ‘Gags about laxatives, projectile vomit, oversexed senior citizens and flatulent fat guys give the film all the zip and freshness of a lost Revenge of the Nerds sequel.’
- ‘Then there were the commercials, whose content included a flatulent horse, a fight between grandparents, and enough spots for impotence medications to raise the Titanic.’
- ‘You're wedged in seat 21B between a nonstop chatterbox who thinks you care about her granddaughter's spelling bee and a flatulent salesman who enjoys scotch and snoring.’
- ‘Austin, I am sure, had been forewarned of my flatulent aisle partner, who trapped me against the window with the force of her gases unmercilessly for the seven hour flight.’
- ‘A lady with a flatulent Pekinese on her lap chipped in to tell us that the National Canine Defence League has changed its name to the Dogs Trust because its committee realised that very few people these days understand the word ‘canine’.’
- 1.1 Related to or causing an accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal:‘the flatulent effect of beans’
- ‘Other adverse effects from feeding high-quality alfalfa include gas or flatulent colic and skin lesions because of the rapid fermentation of its nutrients.’
- ‘The flatulent effects can be reduced, some people claim, by soaking dried beans for at least 5 hours, then draining, rinsing, boiling for at least 10 minutes in fresh water, and draining and rinsing again before the final cooking.’
- 1.2 Inflated or pretentious in speech or writing:‘his flatulent oratory’
affected, ostentatious, chichi, showy, flashy, tinselly, conspicuous, flaunty, tasteless, kitschyView synonyms
- ‘Most English historians were cured of such flatulent emotion by the carnage of the first world war, the desolation of the great slump and the perilously tight margin of victory in the second world war.’
- ‘They ended the decade big in America, big pretty much everywhere in fact, but making grandiose, flatulent music which seemed a depressing quid pro quo of their stadium-filling status.’
- ‘At these sickeningly boring events, the dubious decisions of an often shadowy jury are announced with flatulent rhetoric and overchewed jokes to the accompaniment of plastic food and dishwasher wine.’
Late 16th century: via French from modern Latin flatulentus, from Latin flatus blowing (see flatus).
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