Back-formation from flatulence, ultimately of Latin origin.
flatulate (third-person singular simple present flatulates, present participle flatulating, simple past and past participle flatulated)
- To emit digestive gases from the anus, especially with accompanying sound.
- 1985, James L. Framo, “Rationale and Techniques of Intensive Family Therapy,” in Intensive Family Therapy, Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy and James L. Framo eds. ,
- Where else but in his own castle, with his own family, can a person pick his nose, flatulate, lose his temper with impunity, whine, let the child in him emerge—in short, regress and “be himself”?
2001, David Kerans, Mind and Labor on the Farm in Black-Earth Russia:
- Horses defecate and flatulate on the move.
2003, Vamik D Volkan, The Third Reich in the Unconscious:
- While in the bathtub, he thought that he had to flatulate, but defecated instead. His mother had berated him mercilessly.