- diaphragm(def 1).
- 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.
- 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
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.Miley’s 5 Wild Outfits From ‘23’
September 24, 2013
“You must stop baring your midriff,” scolded her headmistress.The 15 Most Cringeworthy Bits From Leandra Medine’s New Memoir
September 10, 2013
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
March 28, 2013
Courtney wore cutoff denim shorts with a plaid blouse tied at the midriff, showing off her ample cleavage.Hollywood's Teen Bride
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 31, 2011
Slim-hipped and washboard-abbed, she showed a fair amount of midriff.Kate Middleton's Classic Style
November 16, 2010
Hilary straightened sharply, poked his finger at the midriff of the giant.Slaves of Mercury
"If he does either," growled the Sparhawk, "my sword will kiss his midriff!"Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
A few lines later Diomede's spear reaches the midriff of Hypsenor.Homer and His Age
In anatomy, the term is applied to the midriff, a muscle separating the chest or thorax from the abdomen or lower belly.
Shouting a curse, the Captain thrust for my father's midriff.The Bright Face of Danger
Robert Neilson Stephens
- the middle part of the human body, esp between waist and bust
- (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 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.