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

Related Words for bellyaches

fuss, groan, gripe, grumble, whine, bemoan, protest, bitch

British Dictionary definitions for bellyaches


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



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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bellyaches in Medicine


  1. Pain in the stomach or abdomen; colic.
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