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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British Dictionary definitions for burpless



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 burpless


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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burpless in Medicine




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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