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[bel-ee-eyk] /ˈbɛl iˌeɪk/
Informal. a pain in the abdomen or bowels.
verb (used without object), bellyached, bellyaching.
Informal. to complain; grumble.
Origin of bellyache
First recorded in 1545-55; belly + ache
Related forms
bellyacher, noun Unabridged
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  • One day when visiting his sick wife I remembered the old story of his bellyache, and wanted to know how it then was.

  • Let 'em find the sugar tub when their ma is to meetin' an' they won't worry 'bout the bellyache till it comes.

    In the Days of Poor Richard

    Irving Bacheller
  • Dzewaka was at the height of his fame, when, on a certain day, Buddha happened to be troubled with bellyache.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • "Well, I'm not a nuisance yet with rheumatics and bellyache," observed Lady Crowborough.

    Thorley Weir

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • He is the soothing slumber, he is the soul awake, he is the big cucumber, that gives us the bellyache.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason
British Dictionary definitions for bellyache


an informal term for stomachache
(intransitive) (slang) to complain repeatedly
Derived Forms
bellyacher, noun
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Word Origin and History for bellyache

also belly-ache, 1590s, from belly (n.) + ache (n.). The verb in the slang sense of "complain" is first recorded 1888, American English; it appears not to have been used earlier than that, if ever, in a literal sense. Related: bellyached; bellyaching.

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bellyache in Medicine

bellyache bel·ly·ache (běl'ē-āk')
Pain in the stomach or abdomen; colic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for bellyache



A complaint; beef, belch


To complain, esp to do so habitually; bitch: You may exit the theater bellyaching about the show's unsubtleties (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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