flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈfla-chə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

Definition of flatulence

1 : the quality or state of being flatulent
2 : flatus expelled through the anus

Examples of flatulence in a Sentence

symptoms include nausea, flatulence, and cramps

Recent Examples on the Web

The spell was broken: Two motards-motorcycle policemen--emerged from a cellar garage that has become their base, and rolled away in a subsiding mutter of mechanical flatulence. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Alas, three grand just happens to be the tipping point for the active exhaust system, when the Pista’s exhaust note morphs from its unprepossessing, razzy flatulence at low revs to something approaching a proper snarl. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 As many questions focused on Judge Kavanaugh’s high-school behavior, the subjects veered from alcohol to virginity to flatulence. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Conflicting, Emotional Testimony Rivets Senate and Nation Alike," 27 Sep. 2018 The book’s authors, zoology graduate student Dani Rabaiotti and postdoctoral scientist Nick Caruso, are the same team that brought us the best-selling guide to animal flatulence, Does it Fart?. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 Equal in irrelevance was HR Paul, the head of the human resources department, who was generally regarded as a nincompoop psychology PhD with a flatulence problem. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 This would literally require everyone to drive electric cars and farmers to develop technologies to capture cow flatulence—long after Mr. Brown has stopped exhaling CO2 himself. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Price Californians Will Pay," 12 Sep. 2018 That, in scientist-speak, is a pretty darn good flatulence joke. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Uranus Smells Terrible. There, We Said it," 24 Apr. 2018 In February, a pilot for the airline landed a plane after a fight broke out over another passenger’s continued flatulence. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Smelled So Bad a Plane Had to Make Emergency Landing Dies a Month Later of Necrosis," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flatulence.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of flatulence

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for flatulence



English Language Learners Definition of flatulence

: the presence of too much gas or air in the stomach or intestines


flat·​u·​lence | \ ˈflach-ə-lən(t)s How to pronounce flatulence (audio) \

Medical Definition of flatulence

: the quality or state of being flatulent

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on flatulence

Spanish Central: Translation of flatulence

Nglish: Translation of flatulence for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of flatulence for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about flatulence

Comments on flatulence

What made you want to look up flatulence? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!