- a belch; eructation.
- to belch; eruct.
- 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
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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