bellyache

[ bel-ee-eyk ]
/ ˈbɛl iˌeɪk /

noun

Informal. a pain in the abdomen or bowels.

verb (used without object), bel·ly·ached, bel·ly·ach·ing.

Informal. to complain; grumble.

Nearby words

  1. belly-flop,
  2. belly-helve,
  3. belly-land,
  4. belly-slam,
  5. belly-wash,
  6. bellyband,
  7. bellyboard,
  8. bellybutton,
  9. bellybutton surgery,
  10. bellyful

Origin of bellyache

First recorded in 1545–55; belly + ache

Related formsbel·ly·ach·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bellyache

bellyache

/ (ˈbɛlɪˌeɪk) /

noun

an informal term for stomachache

verb

(intr) slang to complain repeatedly
Derived Formsbellyacher, noun

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Word Origin and History for bellyache

bellyache

n.

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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Medicine definitions for bellyache

bellyache

[ bĕlē-āk′ ]

n.

Pain in the stomach or abdomen; colic.

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