flat·​u·​lent ˈfla-chə-lənt How to pronounce flatulent (audio)
: likely to cause gas
: marked by or affected with gas generated in the intestine or stomach
: pompously or portentously overblown
flatulently adverb

Examples of flatulent in a Sentence

on election night TV's self-important pundits let loose a fusillade of flatulent pontifications
Recent Examples on the Web Season Three adapts Herron’s novel Real Tigers, where Jackson Lamb — the filthy, flatulent, surprisingly tenacious head of Slough House, played with a hilarious lack of vanity by Gary Oldman — and his team appear to be collateral damage from a dirty piece of old MI-5 business. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 Not to cast about for trends, but what do the movies of 2023 have against balding, flatulent, socially awkward teachers named Paul? Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 And over nearly three decades, Smash Mouth has remained famous partly because of the flatulent cartoon ogre Shrek. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2023 Stockholm’s condemnation of Putin’s initial 2014 invasions led to Russia retaliating with aggressive patrols by nuclear-capable bombers near Swedish airspace and submarines infiltrations not attributable to flatulent fish. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 3 Sep. 2023 The Pads have had difficulty finding comfort, stuck in the middle seat-coach on a long flight, with flatulent behemoths on either side of them. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 Not every dishonoree has taken the flatulent accolade in stride. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 Or that soufflé comes the French word for blown, which stems from the same root as the word flatulent? Kim Severson, New York Times, 7 Mar. 2023 In addition to writing the episode, Self and Escola also voice all the characters, including the flatulent tap-dancing President Grandma and infant weatherman Lionel the Baby. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French, from Latin flatus act of blowing, wind, from flare to blow — more at blow

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flatulent was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Flatulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatulent. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


flat·​u·​lent -lənt How to pronounce flatulent (audio)
: marked by or affected with gases generated in the intestine or stomach
: likely to cause digestive flatulence
flatulently adverb

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