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[burp] /bɜrp/ Informal.
a belch; eructation.
verb (used without object)
to belch; eruct.
verb (used with object)
to cause (a baby) to belch by patting its back, especially to relieve flatulence after feeding.
Origin of burp
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35; imitative
Related forms
burpless, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was the pistol known as the "burp gun," that sprayed slugs like a hose.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • Across the hall, Long Shadow's burp gun had made a fine mess.

    The Caves of Fear John Blaine
  • "And I'll burp like a lady, if at all," Moira assured him cheerfully as they got ready to leave.

    Special Delivery Damon Francis Knight
  • It was emitting a low steady gurgling sound and an occasional sputter or burp.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • The word "no" was on my lips, like a burp trying to come up, but it wouldn't come.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Prestonby grabbed a burp gun and a canvas musette bag full of clips.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for burp


(informal) a belch
(intransitive) (informal) to belch
(transitive) to cause (a baby) to burp to relieve flatulence after feeding
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for burp

1932, noun and verb, American English, apparently imitative. The transitive sense of the verb is first recorded 1940. Related: Burped; burping. Burp gun attested from 1945.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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burp in Medicine

burp (bûrp)
Noisy expulsion of gas from the stomach through the mouth. v. burped, burp·ing, burps

  1. To expel gas from the stomach through the mouth.

  2. To cause a baby to expel gas from the stomach, as by patting the back after feeding.

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



A belch, esp a gentle one


  1. : She burped thrice and smiled
  2. To cause a baby to belch, esp by holding it over the shoulder and patting its back (1930s+)
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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