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verb (used without object), bel·ly·ached, bel·ly·ach·ing.
  1. Informal. to complain; grumble.

Origin of bellyache

First recorded in 1545–55; belly + ache
Related formsbel·ly·ach·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for belly-aching


  1. an informal term for stomachache
  1. (intr) slang to complain repeatedly
Derived Formsbellyacher, noun
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Word Origin and History for belly-aching



also belly-ache, 1590s, from belly (n.) + ache (n.). The verb in the slang sense of "complain" is first recorded 1888, American English; it appears not to have been used earlier than that, if ever, in a literal sense. Related: bellyached; bellyaching.

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belly-aching in Medicine


  1. Pain in the stomach or abdomen; colic.
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