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[yel-oh-bel-eed] /ˈyɛl oʊˌbɛl id/
having a yellow abdomen or underside.
Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.
Origin of yellow-bellied
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One of these was with a yellow-bellied woodpecker, the first I had ever seen.

    Birds in the Bush

    Bradford Torrey
  • "Wal, you yellow-bellied neutrals," he said, his voice cold and his eyes hard.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • The yellow-bellied Acanthurus is armed with a spine of considerable length upon its tail.

    The Evolution of Culture Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers
  • As the yellow-bellied woodpecker was the most abundant species in these woods, I attributed it to him.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • He is a dog—and the pup of a dog—red, yellow-bellied, lairless, and haired between every toe!

    The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  • The scarcity of this bird, and the absence of the red-bellied and the yellow-bellied, were among the surprises of my visit.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • yellow-bellied ore-flats and Ungava petrol-tanks punted down leisurely out of the north like strings of unfrightened wild duck.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • The other day I saw a yellow-bellied woodpecker alight upon a decaying beech and proceed to drill for a grub.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • yellow-bellied ore-flats and Ungava petrol-tanks punted down leisurely out of the north, like strings of unfrightened wild duck.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
Slang definitions & phrases for yellow-bellied



Cowardly; yellow: You yellow-bellied jerk (1924+)

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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