[bel-ee-foo l]

noun, plural bel·ly·fuls. Informal.

all that a person can tolerate: I've had a bellyful of your whining.

Origin of bellyful

First recorded in 1525–35; belly + -ful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bellyful

Contemporary Examples of bellyful

  • For those looking for a bellyful of laughs, two humorous pieces in the yuletide spirit.

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    A Mark Twain Christmas Story

    The Daily Beast

    December 24, 2009

Historical Examples of bellyful

  • I should say that both sides had got their bellyful of fighting.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young

  • "Hope they've got a bellyful by this time," I said bitterly.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • I swallowed a bellyful of it, too, and the water—if you'll believe me—was quite fresh.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • A bellyful is a bellyful, no matter what kind of meat is taken.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

British Dictionary definitions for bellyful



as much as one wants or can eat
slang more than one can tolerate
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Word Origin and History for bellyful

figuratively, "enough and more," 1530s, from belly (n.) + -ful. Older than the literal sense (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper