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yellowbelly

[yel-oh-bel-ee]
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noun, plural yel·low·bel·lies.
  1. Slang. a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; coward.
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Origin of yellowbelly

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + belly
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Examples from the Web for yellow-belly

Historical Examples

  • Around the middle of each corn fairy is a yellow-belly belt.

    Rootabaga Stories

    Carl Sandburg

  • Praed was a quitter—a yellow-belly—besides being—But he stopped there.

  • In his notes, the yellow-belly may be said to take after both the least flycatcher and the wood pewee.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey


British Dictionary definitions for yellow-belly

yellow-belly

noun plural -lies
  1. a slang word for coward
  2. Australian another name for callop
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Derived Formsyellow-bellied, adjective
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