Nearby words

  1. bells and whistles,
  2. bells of ireland,
  3. bellwether,
  4. bellwood,
  5. bellwort,
  6. belly bust,
  7. belly button,
  8. belly dance,
  9. belly dancer,
  10. 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 belly up

belly

noun plural -lies

the lower or front part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the intestines and other abdominal organs; abdomenRelated adjective: ventral
the stomach, esp when regarded as the seat of gluttony
a part, line, or structure that bulges deeplythe belly of a sail
the inside or interior cavity of somethingthe belly of a ship
the front or inner part or underside of something
the surface of a stringed musical instrument over which the strings are stretched
the thick central part of certain muscles
Australian and NZ the wool from a sheep's belly
tanning the portion of a hide or skin on the underpart of an animal
archery the surface of the bow next to the bowstring
archaic the womb
go belly up informal to die, fail, or come to an end

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

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Word Origin and History for belly up
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Medicine definitions for belly up

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 belly up

belly

see go belly up.

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