flat·​u·​lent | \ ˈfla-chə-lənt How to pronounce flatulent (audio) \

Definition of flatulent

1a : likely to cause gas
b : marked by or affected with gas generated in the intestine or stomach
2 : pompously or portentously overblown

Other Words from flatulent

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 Nick Cordileone and Ben Lipitz, who have long experience playing Timon the wisecracking meerkat and Puumba the jovial (but flatulent) warthog, infuse their performances with joy and energy. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Feb. 2020 Does that mean Titan aliens could conceivably share the hearty stench of a garage filled with flatulent auto mechanics? Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, 25 Nov. 2019 McDougall insists this flatulent burro attempting to punt me across the stalks is actually having a grand time. Sean Gregory, Time, 11 Oct. 2019 Looming over each twisting plot is Jackson Lamb, the scruffy and flatulent Falstaff of the undercover world. The Economist, 15 Aug. 2019 The shadow of mortality is never very far away, even when the action shifts to the lowbrow humor of the flatulent warthog Pumbaa (voice of Seth Rogen) and his catty sidekick, Timon the meerkat (Billy Eichner). Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, 18 July 2019 London Rules is the fifth set in Slough House, where MI5 leaves its misfits in the doubtful care of Jackson Lamb, a flatulent and contemptuous genius of tradecraft. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, 13 June 2018 Add the spectacle of a flatulent art market raking in endless cash, and 2017 feels like a good year to say goodbye to. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter And Jason Farago, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2017 But just below the game’s (incredibly flatulent) surface lies the true spirit of South Park, a pox-on-all-your-houses mentality in which the things people hold dearest are the things that must be satirized mercilessly. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 24 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of flatulent

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flatulent

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

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“Flatulent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatulent. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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flat·​u·​lent | \ -lənt How to pronounce flatulent (audio) \

Medical Definition of flatulent

1 : marked by or affected with gases generated in the intestine or stomach
2 : likely to cause digestive flatulence

Other Words from flatulent

flatulently adverb

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Nglish: Translation of flatulent for Spanish Speakers


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