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[bel-ee-foo l] /ˈbɛl iˌfʊl/
noun, plural bellyfuls. Informal.
all that a person can tolerate:
I've had a bellyful of your whining.
Origin of bellyful
First recorded in 1525-35; belly + -ful Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I should say that both sides had got their bellyful of fighting.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • "Hope they've got a bellyful by this time," I said bitterly.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I swallowed a bellyful of it, too, and the water—if you'll believe me—was quite fresh.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • A bellyful is a bellyful, no matter what kind of meat is taken.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Anything you got to say is better said when you got a bellyful of Molly's cookin'.

  • I've had my bellyful o' Frenchies, Mr. Carvell save it be to fight 'em.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It was who could do most, and the childer are sure of a bellyful to-day, and of kindness too.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • If they come at us here I reckon theyll get their bellyful of trouble.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
British Dictionary definitions for bellyful


as much as one wants or can eat
(slang) more than one can tolerate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bellyful

figuratively, "enough and more," 1530s, from belly (n.) + -ful. Older than the literal sense (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bellyful



The limit of what one can stand; an overplus; surfeit: I've had a bellyful of your bellyaching (1830s+)

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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