midriff

[ mid-rif ]
/ ˈmɪd rɪf /

noun

the middle part of the body, between the chest and the waist.
the part of a dress or bodice, usually close-fitting, that covers this part of the body.
a garment that exposes this part of the body.

adjective

noting or pertaining to the middle part of the human body, the part of a garment that covers it, or a garment that exposes it.

Origin of midriff

before 1000; Middle English mydryf, Old English midhrif, equivalent to mid(d) mid1 + hrif belly
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British Dictionary definitions for midriff

midriff

/ (ˈmɪdrɪf) /

noun

  1. the middle part of the human body, esp between waist and bust
  2. (as modifier)midriff bulge
anatomy another name for the diaphragm (def. 1)
the part of a woman's garment covering the midriff
US a woman's garment which exposes the midriff

Word Origin for midriff

Old English midhrif, from mid 1 + hrif belly
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Word Origin and History for midriff

midriff


n.

Old English midhrif, from mid "mid" (see mid) + hrif "belly," from Proto-Germanic *hrefiz- (cf. Old High German href, Old Frisian hrif "belly"), from PIE *kwrep- "body, form, appearance" (see corporeal). More or less obsolete after 18c. except in phrase to tickle (one's) midriff "to cause laughter," the word revived 1941 in fashion usage for "portion of a woman's garment that covers the belly," as a euphemistic avoidance of belly; sense inverted and extended 1970 to a belly-baring style of women's top.

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Medicine definitions for midriff

midriff

[ mĭdrĭf ]

n.

diaphragm
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