verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of belch
OTHER WORDS FROM belchbelcher, nounoutbelch, verb (used with object)
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What does belch mean?
A belch is the often noisy instance of stomach gas being released through the mouth. It often happens after you eat or especially after you drink a bubbly drink like soda.
Belch can also be used as a verb meaning to release gas in such a way, as in I belched right in the middle of the meeting—it was so embarrassing.
Belching is common and normal, but it’s often considered rude to belch in public, especially to do so loudly. It’s typically considered the polite thing to do to try to cover up a belch.
Belch is also sometimes used in a figurative way in the context of a thing releasing gas or air or something else, especially in a messy way. A volcano can be said to belch out fumes (and such fumes can be said to be belching out of it).
Example: My grandfather loved to conclude his dinner by unleashing a loud belch to signal his satisfaction.
Where does belch come from?
The first records of the word belch come from before 1000. It comes from the Middle English belchen, which is related to the Dutch balken, meaning “to bray,” and the Middle Low German belken, “to shout.”
Belches are often considered impolite, especially in front of other people, but like a lot of other bodily functions, they’re also pretty funny. A person loudly belching in an inappropriate situation is a common gag in movies.
Belching is much less funny when it’s a sign of an underlying problem. Belching is normal, but excessive belching can be a sign of digestive or gastrointestinal issues.
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How is belch used in real life?
Belching is very common. Like other bodily functions, it is sometimes considered rude but it’s also considered funny.
The epic burp in #Elf was real, but it wasn’t Will Ferrell’s belch. It was from noted voice actor Maurice LaMarche, who might be best known as Brain of ‘Pinky and the Brain.’ #MFMovieMonday pic.twitter.com/V7qxUkufHd
— Mental Floss (@mental_floss) December 8, 2020
We have house guests. Our 8 yr old sidles up to me at dinner & whispers, "Baba, we have guests. Try not to belch so loud."
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 8, 2011
— rob allan (@allanrob9) December 2, 2020
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Is the word belch used correctly in the following sentence?
The smokestacks continuously belch out toxic fumes.
Example sentences from the Web for belch
Earth regularly endures highly charged belches from our Sun, sometimes even prompting a dancing curtain of ever-changing color known as aurora.Violent space weather could limit life on nearby exoplanets|Paola Rosa-Aquino|December 11, 2020|Popular Science
He suppressed a belch and then looked up at her with a mischievous grin.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then, holding it in one hand, he faced the assemblage and delivered himself of one Godlike belch.Pagan Passions|Gordon Randall Garrett
If they come near the pool, he certainly will belch forth poisonous breath and they will die at once.Mythical Monsters|Charles Gould
The ordinary iron furnaces belch forth flames which are really good useful gas (carbon monoxide) burning to waste.Marvels of Scientific Invention|Thomas W. Corbin
I feel he has been quietly laughing at me, until from behind a distant snow capped ridge I see a black belch of smoke.Behind the Scenes in Warring Germany|Edward Lyell Fox
Some tips when burping for a crowd, To help your belch be extra loud: Arch your back for full projection.FreeChildrenStories.com Collection|Daniel Errico