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

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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

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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, "These 4 new mysteries are guaranteed to heat up your summer," 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, "The Best Art of 2017," 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, "South Park," 24 Oct. 2017 But everyone in Washington is all too familiar now with Trump’s flatulent mouth. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "This Is Not a North Korean Crisis. It’s a Trump Crisis.," 10 Aug. 2017 Bayer played a difficult woman who required a flashy Cartier jewel to keep her occupied, a theme park patron doused by water and a flatulent actress in a 1940s movie. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Saturday Night Live' spoofs Trump exit," 21 May 2017 Frisch shifted in his chair, the leather seat giving off a flatulent squeak that triggered an old self-consciousness. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Northeast Regional," 3 Apr. 2017 Nothing sums up that ethos better than this drama, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as an extremely flatulent corpse. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Having a Sundance Hit May Not Make You Rich Anymore," 20 Jan. 2017 There will no doubt be a line of flatulent toys to accompany the blockbuster’s release. John Scott Lewinski, WIRED, "Farting Dog Blasts Way to Big Screen," 28 Oct. 2008

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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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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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