fart (färt) Vulgar Slang
intr.v. fart·ed, fart·ing, farts
To expel intestinal gas through the anus; break wind.
1. An often audible discharge of intestinal gas.
2. An annoying or foolish person.
To fool around; fritter time away.
[Middle English farten, from Old English *feortan; see perd- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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