balloon

bal•loon
[[t]bəˈlun[/t]] n.
1) gam an inflatable rubber bag used as a toy or for decoration
2) aer. a fabric bag filled with heated air or a gas lighter than air, designed to rise and float, often with a gondola suspended under it for passengers or instruments:
a hot-air balloon[/ex]
3) (in cartoons) an outline enclosing words represented as issuing from the mouth of a speaker
4) aer. to ride in a balloon
5) to puff out like a balloon
6) to increase at a rapid rate
7) to inflate or distend (something) like a balloon
8) puffed out like a balloon:
balloon sleeves[/ex]
9) bus (esp. of a loan or mortgage) having a payment at the end of the term that is much bigger than the previous ones
Etymology: 1570–80; (< MF ballon) < Upper It ballone, der. of balla ball < Langobardic; see ball I bal•loon′like`, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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