[ bel-ee ]
/ ˈbɛl i /
noun, plural bel·lies.
the front or under part of a vertebrate body from the breastbone to the pelvis, containing the abdominal viscera; the abdomen.
the stomach with its adjuncts.
appetite or capacity for food; gluttony.
the inside or interior of anything: the belly of a ship.
a protuberant or bulging surface of anything: the belly of a flask.
Anatomy. the fleshy part of a muscle.
the front, inner, or under surface or part, as distinguished from the back.
the front surface of a violin or similar instrument.
a bulge on a vertical surface of fresh concrete.
the underpart of the fuselage of an airplane.
verb (used with object), bel·lied, bel·ly·ing.
to fill out; swell: Wind bellied the sails.
verb (used without object), bel·lied, bel·ly·ing.
to swell out: Sails bellying in the wind.
to crawl on one's belly: soldiers bellying through a rice paddy.
belly up, Informal.
- 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?
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Idioms for belly
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
OTHER WORDS FROM bellybel·ly·like, adjective
Words nearby belly
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British Dictionary definitions for belly up
/ (ˈbɛlɪ) /
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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Medical definitions for belly up
[ bĕl′ē ]
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle.venter
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Idioms and Phrases with belly up
see go belly up.
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