from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To expel intestinal gas through the anus; break wind.
- n. An often audible discharge of intestinal gas.
- n. An annoying or foolish person.
- fart around To fool around; fritter time away.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To emit digestive gases from the anus; to flatulate.
- v. To waste time with idle and inconsequential tasks; to go about one's activities in a lackadaisical manner; to be lazy or over-relaxed in one's manner or bearing.
- n. An irritating person; a fool.
- n. (usually as "old fart") An elderly person; especially one perceived to hold old-fashioned views.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discharge or expel wind through the anus; break wind.
- n. A discharge of wind through the anus.
- n. A Portugal fig.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
- v. expel intestinal gases through the anus
Middle English farten, from Old English *feortan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ferten, farten, from Old English *feortan (in feorting (verbal noun)), from Proto-Germanic *fertanan (compare German farzen, furzen, Norwegian fjert), from Proto-Indo-European *perd-, *pérde. Cognate to Welsh rhech, Albanian pjerdh, Russian пердеть, French péter, Ancient Greek πέρδομαι (perdomai), Sanskrit पर्दते (párdate). (Wiktionary)