Origin of midriff
Examples from the Web for midriff
Ensuring that her midriff is still exposed, Cyrus is obviously wearing a rhinestone crop top to match the basketball.
“You must stop baring your midriff,” scolded her headmistress.The 15 Most Cringeworthy Bits From Leandra Medine’s New Memoir|Emilia Petrarca|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her long brown hair flowed down and she had a bullet wound on her head and blood all over her midriff.New Details Are Released About Contents of the Lanza House|Michael Daly|March 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Courtney wore cutoff denim shorts with a plaid blouse tied at the midriff, showing off her ample cleavage.
Slim-hipped and washboard-abbed, she showed a fair amount of midriff.
If, however, the midriff contract so powerfully that the lower ribs are drawn inward, the abdominal walls follow them.
I gasped in sudden pain as the turnstile, still locked, pushed into my midriff."To Invade New York...."|Irwin Lewis
The other is by the contraction and distention of the midriff or diaphragm.The Young Priest's Keepsake|Michael Phelan
He struck Apisaon son of Phausius in the liver below the midriff, and laid him low.The Iliad|Homer
The chest is enlarged by the muscles of inspiration, the principal of which is the diaphragm or midriff.
British Dictionary definitions for midriff
- the middle part of the human body, esp between waist and bust
- (as modifier)midriff bulge
Word Origin for midriff
Word Origin and History for midriff
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.