a belch; eructation.

verb (used without object)

to belch; eruct.

verb (used with object)

to cause (a baby) to belch by patting its back, especially to relieve flatulence after feeding.

Origin of burp

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; imitative
Related formsburp·less, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of burp

Historical Examples of burp

  • It was the pistol known as the "burp gun," that sprayed slugs like a hose.

  • Across the hall, Long Shadow's burp gun had made a fine mess.

  • "And I'll burp like a lady, if at all," Moira assured him cheerfully as they got ready to leave.

    Special Delivery

    Damon Francis Knight

  • It was emitting a low steady gurgling sound and an occasional sputter or burp.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • The word "no" was on my lips, like a burp trying to come up, but it wouldn't come.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for burp



informal a belch


(intr) informal to belch
(tr) to cause (a baby) to burp to relieve flatulence after feeding

Word Origin for burp

C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for burp

1932, noun and verb, American English, apparently imitative. The transitive sense of the verb is first recorded 1940. Related: Burped; burping. Burp gun attested from 1945.

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Medicine definitions for burp




Noisy expulsion of gas from the stomach through the mouth.


To expel gas from the stomach through the mouth.
To cause a baby to expel gas from the stomach, as by patting the back after feeding.
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