Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fart n.

[fart v. (1)]

1. an act of breaking wind.

[UK]Chaucer Miller’s Tale line 3806: Nicholas anon leet flee a fart, As greet as it had been a thonder-dent.
[UK]Colyn Blowbols Testament line 150: And other whiles such a f . . . he lete, That men wend verely he had shete.
[UK]J. Bale Comedye Concernyng Three Lawes (1550) Bi: No, no, it was but a fart.
[UK]J. Heywood Proverbs I Ch. xi: I shall get a fart of a dead man as soone / As a farthyng of hym. [Ibid.] II v: They that wyll be afrayd of every farte, / Must go far to pisse.
[UK]Hist. of Jacob and Esau II iv: And Jacob first to haue a fart syr reuerence.
[UK]‘Mr. S’ Gammer Gurton’s Needle in Whitworth (1997) III iii: Chill not this twenty years take one fart that is thine.
[UK]Greene Quip for an Upstart Courtier D4: Queasie maister veluet breeches cannot haue a fart awrye, but he must haue his purgations, pils, and glisters.
[UK]Dekker Honest Whore Pt 2 (1630) I i: Di Horse farted in my face, and dow knowest, an Irishman cannot abide a fart.
[UK]Jonson Bartholomew Fair II iv: The Windmill blown down by the witch’s fart!
[UK]G. Peele Merrie Conceited Jests 30: As she put out her arm to take the capon, George sitting by her, yerks me out a huge fart.
[UK]J. Howell Familiar Letters (1737) I 3 June 252: The Spaniard have an odd saying [...] A Portuguese was engender’d of a Jew’s Fart.
[UK] ‘An Encomium’ in Wardroper (1969) 203: Music is but a fart that’s sent / From the guts of an instrument.
[UK]Mercurius Fumigosus 40 28 Feb.–7 Mar. 313: A Fart is an audible creature, gives ease, and breaketh wind, like Maids over-charged with Nature, be sure a way it will find.
[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘Old Song’ Wit Restor’d (1817) 294: A fart cannot tell, when its out where to dwell, Unlesse it be in your nose, Unlesse it be in your nose boyes.
[UK]Wandring Whore V 8: Well, I am bound to tell a Tale or let a fart, therefore give ear to this following.
[Ire]Purgatorium Hibernicum 22: De Tayl least toin breame puff behind / And vid a fart blow it from thee.
[UK] ‘On a Fart’ in Ebsworth Westminster Drolleries (1875) II 127: I sing the praises of a Fart, That I may doo’t by terms of Art.
[UK] ‘The Gelding of the Devil’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 65: Upon her Belly there crept a Flea: / The little Devil he soon espy’d that, / He up with his Paw and gave her a pat: / With that the Woman began to start, / And out she thrust a most horrible Fart.
[UK]‘The Rump’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 262: Why a Fart hath a tongue, and a Fiest hath none.
[UK]N. Ward London Spy XVI 391: Tho’ a very Windy fellow himelf he has a great Aversion to a Fart.
[UK] ‘Aminta One Night Had Occasion To Piss’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 203: Says Joan ’ods-heart, / You have P---d a Quart, / And now you make ado for a F--t.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy I 28: [title] The fart; Famous for its Satyrical Humour in the Reign of Queen anne. [...] The Fart you late heard, / Laid to one of the Guard, / That of late did the Court suprise.
[UK]Benefit of Farting 1: A Fart, though wholesome; does not fail, / If barr’d of Passage by the Tail, / To fly back to the Head again.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 129: The maid [...] happen’d to thrust out her Posteriors a little beyond the Cloaths, and at the same Time to let a rousing Fart.
[UK]Fielding Tom Jones (1959) 198: Your politics [...] I despise them as much as I do a f—t.
[UK]Sterne Tristram Shandy (1949) 479: The old mule let a f---.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 159: Most modern farts, I ever knew, / When set on fire, burn only blue.
[US] ‘Yankee Doodle’ in S. Foster Damon Yankee Doodle (1959) 1: Dolly Bushel let a Fart.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Lyric Odes’ Works (1794) I 31: He laughed at all the hounds —And left them, with a f---, behind.
[UK]Banquet of Wit 52: The maid, as she took out the dishes, let a rousing fart.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) II 135: [as cit. 1762].
[Scot]Merry Tricks of Leper the Taylor 10: The imock powder began to operate and she let out a great fart. [...] ‘My faith,’ says the Laird, ‘Margaret, your arse would take a cautioner.’.
[Ire]Spirit of Irish Wit 268: A gentleman once gave his Irish servant a kick on the breech, upon which the fellow let a rousing fart.
[UK]Friar and Boy 11: Then straight her b-m did roar, / At which the very table shook, / This sham’d her more and more. / The boy replied, dear mother take / A cup before we part, / For I am confident you’ll break / Your twatlings with a f--t.
[UK] ‘Mrs. Bond’ Ri-tum Ti-tum Songster 32: My very f--ts have learned to trump the praise of Mrs. Bond.
[US] ‘Jeff Davis’ Dream’ in T.P. Lowry Stories the Soldiers Wouldn’t Tell (1994) 49: The fart it smelt so strong, / And sounded so much louder.
[UK] ‘The Ball of Kirriemuir’ in Bold (1979) 15: The chimney sweep was also there, / He didna care a hoot; / He blew a fart behind his cart / And filled the hall with soot.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 31: She finishd one night with such a loud fart, that we laughed out loud.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 714: I wish hed sleep in some bed by himself with his cold feet on me give us room even to let a fart God or do the least things.
[UK]H. Ranfurly diary 12 Oct. To War With Whitaker (1994) 8: Dulcie made a tremendous fart, plunged forward and departed at a gallop with Whitaker clutching the saddle.
[UK]K. Amis letter 15 Dec. in Leader (2000) 24: Shakespeare letting a fart.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 21: This guy sitting in the row in front of me, Edgar Marsalla, laid this terrific fart.
[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) I iv: All that Chinese food I ate [...] sitting in the parlour with Mam and Dad holding in a fart for three hours.
[US]E. Bunker Animal Factory 172: His awareness was magnified by a year of smelling nothing fragrant except farts.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 110: But you lot have made us about as welcome as a fart in an astronaut suit!
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 177: Nostrils long stuffed with dirty socks and dayold farts.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 66: One of those methane swamp-gas farts.
[UK]M. Rowson Stuff 93: The most revolting smell in the world, of farts and rotten eggs and cheesy socks moulied up with shit, piss and sick.
[SA]IOL News (Western Cape) 7 May 🌐 Peeing in the shower, setting their farts on fire, picking fights [...] I just don’t get it.
[Scot]G. Armstrong Young Team 33: Somecunt wid let oot a nervous fart.

2. a fool, an unpleasant person, often older than the speaker; thus synon. old fart (also used affectionately, see cite 1987).

[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 81: Thou dog in face! thou deer in heart! / Thou called a fighter! thou a f—t!
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 146: I tried to hurry the little fart away.
[US]H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 143: I think you’re a goddamned old fart and I hope you croak, good-night!
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 228: What the hell can a guy do? Is he supposed to sit on his ass and watch five guys beat up a little fart like Yasuda?
[UK]W. Talsman Gaudy Image (1966) 196: ‘Hey fart, whatever became of your art?’ ‘O, haven’t you heard, turd?’.
[US]W. Burroughs Naked Lunch (1968) 82: Cut that swish fart off the air.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Weed (1998) 201: That’s what you are, just an old fart and an old witch!
[US]E. Tidyman Shaft 35: He hoped the little fart was a karate champion.
[UK]P. Larkin ‘Posterity’ in High Windows 27: I’m stuck with this old fart at least a year.
J. Roe The Same Old Grind 5: She saw an old fart come wandering along.
[Ire](con. 1920s) P. Crosbie Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 219: A little fart of a fella (small).
[Aus]J. Byrell (con. 1959) Up the Cross 31: ‘You rotten fart. I orta smack you fair in the gob’.
P. Auster City of Glass (1988) 105: You’re getting old [...] you’re turning into an old fart.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 31 Mar. 15/3: ‘We have a dear friend who always refers to her husband as “a dear old fart”’.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 42: He didn’t mean to scare the old fart.
[UK]Guardian G2 10 June 4: I suspect he regards me as an old fart!
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Don’t mean to offend, you’re gettin a bit like the old farts. Livin in the past.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 30 Jan. 2: The fact that I could identify each song within about two seconds [...] made me feel both hip and like an old fart at the same time.
[Aus]P. Temple Broken Shore (2007) [ebook] Could be ugly. Feral greenies, rich old farts pulling up the drawbridge.
[US]W. Ellis Crooked Little Vein 7: Jesus, he’s a creepy old fart in real life.
[UK]K. Richards Life 179: Just troop in [...] and look at these doddering farts [Ibid.] 330: Capote [...] was being an old fart, actually complaining about the noise.
[US]L. Berney Whiplash River [ebook] The shifty old fart who used to mop the floors at one of Baby Jesus’s bars.

3. as sense 2, but used affectionately.

[US] ‘Laurel and Hardy “Doing Things”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 83: Atta boy. Give it to me, you fat ol’ fart.
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 31: ‘You get any good ass?’ Nunn grinned. ‘You horny old fart.’.
[US]T. Thackrey Thief 352: Sid was a real good old boy and I liked him [...] that old fart had gone and buried $70,000 in loot from the last heist he pulled.
[US]S. King Cujo (1982) 218: ‘Don’t forget the young fart,’ Vic said, grinning.
[Aus]R. McDonald Rough Wallaby 157: Mate, you are a fart.
[US]M. McBride Swollen Red Sun 79: ‘No, no, he ain’t dead. Not yet anyway. Tough old fart’.

4. something worthless.

[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 203: ‘I got only a buck, / Is that good for a fuck?’ / She replied, ‘Not a fart will it cost ya.’.

5. something important, worthwhile.

[UK]G.F. Newman You Flash Bastard 16: He had been determined to make a nice show, get the man nicked, become a detective highly rated by everyone who mattered a fart.
[UK]R. Antoni Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales 134: De Berrio didn’t find a fart again as usual.
[UK]A. Wheatle Island Songs (2006) 14: Don’t lissen to him, Hortense. Jacob ah talk pure fart.

In derivatives

farty (adj.)


[UK]Independent 24 Jan. 37/2: When I look at our pad, I often think of The Avengers – the groovy, moderne style of Emma Peel and the clubby, farty eccentricity of John Steed.

In compounds


see separate entries.


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fart-head (n.) (also farthook) [-head sfx (1) + play on fat-head n.1 ]

(US) a contemptible person.

[US](con. 1940s) H. Simmons Man Walking On Eggshells 118: Why you little farthead, just wait till I get you to the station.
[US]Baker et al. CUSS 115: Farthead A person who always fools around.
[US]B. Hannah Geronimo Rex 194: What does that old farthook Silas do, by the way?
[US] in C. Browne Body Shop 155: Keep it down, man, old farthead’ll hear.
fart-hole (n.)

the anus.

[Ire]‘Teague’ Teagueland Jests I 116: I will put de Fly against dy Fart-hole.
N. Drayson Birds East Africa 30: ‘[T]hese Danish fellows are talking out of their...out of their jolly fart-holes’ .
fart-knocker (n.) [SE knocker, i.e. one who knocks or makes farts; created or at least popularized in the 1990s TV cartoon Beavis and Butthead] (US)

1. an obscure person.

[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 255: Seabags, you old fart knocker – we thought you was dead.
posting at Logic Users Group 7 Jan. 🌐 Who’s that fartknocker next to Steve Jobs?

2. someone who does not know what they are talking about.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 3: fartknocker – joking name for a person or animal that made a mistake.
[US]Da Bomb Summer Supplement 6: Fartknocker (n.) A jerk.
OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. 🌐 fart knocker n. A stupid person, jerk. f. One of Beavis and Butthead’s many wonderful insults.
posting at 29 Mar. 🌐 See, the government knew that people were starting to get wise to the 9/11 conspiracy, so they took this dumb fartknocker and had him speak up about it.
fart off

see separate entries.

fart-sack (n.) (also farter)

1. (also farter) a bed.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 294: Hey, Joe, the guy from the next bed was prodding him, get out of that fartsack.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 42: Preem is passed out on his fartsack full a vanilla extrack all a time.
[UK](con. 1940s) D. MacCuish Do Not Go Gentle (1962) 117: The lousiest drag-ass bunch of mother-eatin’ piss-drinkin’ fart sack-lovin’ pack of homos I ever seed. [Ibid.] 145: That’s all ya think about. That and your fart-sacks and nooky.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 24: The flabby old Minister of War snoring away in her half of the fart sack.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 137: The origin of the term fart sack / farter is nowhere explained in the dictionaries: cadets, however, consistently asserted that it is so called ‘because it’s the place where you fart’.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 389: Four walls/two fart sacks/ two nightstands/two lockers/one shitter/one sink.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.
[UK]D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 247: The bed was empty. ‘He’s not in his farter,’ I said.
[Aus]N. Cummins Adventures of the Honey Badger [ebook] [I] headed to my room to catch some Zs in the fart sack.

2. a sleeping-bag.

[Aus]Hackworth & Sherman About Face (1991) 63: You’d be asleep almost before you’d zipped up your feather-down fart sack.

3. (US) a sheet, bedding.

[US]D. Ponicsan Cinderella Liberty 162: He was a bed-wetter. He kept stuffin’ his skivvies and fartsacks inta his locker. One of the other boots reported the smell. [...] I gave him his piece and covered him with his pissy fartsack.

4. a term of abuse.

[US]Kerouac letter 7 Apr. in Charters I (1995) 59: I still think that stooge is a piss-complected, broad-assed fartsack.
[NZ]G. Slatter Pagan Game (1969) 71: There was [...] Mit Jasper, Fartsack Robinson.
fart-sucker (n.)

a toady, a parasite.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]J. Wambaugh Choirboys (1976) 24: ‘How about fartsuckers?’ ‘Not rotten enough.’ ‘Slimeballs?’ ‘That’s getting old.’.

In phrases

a fart for

phr. of contemptuous dismissal.

Jack Adams his perpetual almanack 12: I love Hudibras bettere than the Turk, a fart for the Turk.
crack a fart (v.)

(US campus) to break wind; thus crack-farter n.

[UK] ‘The Whigs’ Litany for St. Omer’s’ in Ebsworth Roxburghe Ballads (1885) V:1 195: From every cursing, swearing Carter, / And from Roger, the Crack-farter.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U.
give a fart (v.)

to care, thus neg. not give a fart.

[[UK]M. Atkins Cataplus 17: Mother, quoth he, I speak from heart, / I value not these things a fart].
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 15: You think Keith gave a fart / no fear.
[Aus]J. Byrell Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 21: [N]o-one even gives a fart or second thought about the fact that Young Richo is outfitted in an oversized greatcoat.
give the farts out of one’s ass (v.)

to treat with contempt.

[US] in P.R. Runkel Law Unto Themselves 27: They all piled out of the car and started givin’ me the farts out of their ass.
last as long as a fart in a windstorm (v.) (also ...whirlwind)

(Can./US) to give up quickly, to be defeated quickly.

[US]J. Conroy World to Win 208: They won’t git t’ first base with their strike. They’ll last about as long as a fart in a whirlwind.
[US](con. 1930s) R. Wright Lawd Today 62: Nigger, you’d last as long trying to overthrow the government as a fart in a windstorm!
like a fart in a bottle (also like a fart in a colander, a fit)

twitchy, nervous, agitated.

[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 25: Fart in a bottle: Someone is behaving like a...
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 69/2: like a fart in a fit in hopeless if not desperate trouble; eg He ran from room to room, like a fart in a fit.
T. Van Mersey Talk 🌐 Similes. in and out, like a fart in a collander, or up and down, like a fart in a bottle.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 127: like a fart in a bottle/fit Agitated state. ANZ.
like an Irishman’s fart

(US) of a family, always making a stink n. (1)

[US]Maledicta 1 (Summer) 14: If he mentions his family, they’re like an Irishman’s fart: always making a lot of noise and raising stink, and never want to go back where they came from.
not a fart’s chance in a windstorm (also ...whirlwind)

(Can./US) no chance at all.

[US]J.T. Farrell ‘Milly and the Porker’ in Amer. Dream Girl (1950) 197: Say, if he ever got into a fight with anybody at all, he wouldn’t have the chances of a fart in a windstorm.
[UK]J. Quirk No Red Ribbons (1968) 89: He hasn’t got the chance of a fart in a windstorm.
[UK](con. WWII) S. Hynes Flights of Passage 197: ‘We haven’t got a chance,’ he said. ‘No more than a fart in a windstorm.’.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 169: The kind of people which those who ran the television business hadn’t a fart’s chance in a whirlwind of meeting.
[US]T. Pluck ‘Letters to Santa’ in Life During Wartime (2018) 86: [S]coring points that, in the end, mattered less than a fiddler’s fart in a hurricane.