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RELATED WORDS

tank, abdomen, insides, tummy, gut, pelvis, corporation, paunch, pot, intestines, venter, breadbasket

Nearby words

bells and whistles, bells of ireland, bellwether, bellwood, bellwort, belly, belly bust, belly button, belly dance, belly dancer, belly flop

Idioms

    go/turn belly up, Informal. to come to an end; die; fail: After years of barely surviving on donations, the neighborhood social club finally went belly up.

Origin of belly

before 950; Middle English bely, Old English belig, belg bag, skin; cognate with German Balg, Gothic balgs, Old Norse belgr sack; akin to Welsh bol(a), boly, Irish bolg sack, belly, bellows, Serbo-Croatian blàzina, Latvian pabàlsts, Avestan barəziš-, Persian bālish cushion
Related formsbel·ly·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bellies

belly

/ (ˈbɛlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to swell out or cause to swell out; bulge

Word Origin for belly

Old English belig; related to Old High German balg, Old Irish bolg sack, Sanskrit barhi chaff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for bellies

belly

[ bĕlē ]

n.

abdomen
The stomach.
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle.venter
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Idioms and Phrases with bellies

belly


see go belly up.

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