Origin of bellied
noun, plural bel·lies.
verb (used with object), bel·lied, bel·ly·ing.
verb (used without object), bel·lied, bel·ly·ing.
- to approach closely, especially until one is in physical contact: to belly up to a bar.
- to curry favor from: Would you have gotten the promotion if you hadn't bellied up to the boss?
Origin of belly
Examples from the Web for bellied
Historical Examples of bellied
He bellied cautiously inside and was met by a warning snarl from the she-wolf.White Fang
The tent rocked and bellied, bellied and flapped with reverberations like drum-beats.The Forbidden Trail
We'd have butted against your radar and bellied into your control tower.Industrial Revolution
Poul William Anderson
His arms seemed thin, and he had bellied, and was bowed and unsightly.The White Peacock
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The sailors set the great lateen sails of the felucca, which bellied out like things leaping into life.Bella Donna
noun plural -lies
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
Word Origin for belly
having a swelling or hollow middle, late 15c., from belly (n.). Also, in compounds, "having a belly" (of a certain kind).
"to swell out," 1620s, from belly (n.). Related: Bellied; bellying. Old English belgan meant "to be or become angry" (a figurative sense). A comparable Greek verb-from-noun, gastrizein, meant "to hit (someone) in the belly."
Old English belg, bylg (West Saxon), bælg (Anglian) "leather bag, purse, bellows," from Proto-Germanic *balgiz "bag" (cf. Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows," bylgja "billow," Gothic balgs "wineskin"), from PIE *bholgh-, from root *bhelgh- "to swell," an extension of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Meaning shifted to "body" (late 13c.), then focused to "abdomen" (mid-14c.). Meaning "bulging part or concave surface of anything" is 1590s. The West Germanic root had a figurative or extended sense of "anger, arrogance" (cf. Old English bolgenmod "enraged;" belgan (v.) "to become angry").
Indo-European languages commonly use the same word for both the external belly and the internal (stomach, womb, etc.), but the distinction of external and internal is somewhat present in English belly/stomach; Greek gastr- (see gastric) in classical language denoted the paunch or belly, while modern science uses it only in reference to the stomach as an organ. Fastidious avoidance of belly in speech and writing (compensated for by stretching the senses of imported stomach and abdomen, baby-talk tummy and misappropriated midriff) began late 18c. and the word was banished from Bibles in many early 19c. editions. Belly punch (n.) is attested from 1811.
see go belly up.