verb (used with object)

to endure or tolerate (someone or something): I can't stomach your constant nagging.
Obsolete. to be offended at or resent.

Nearby words

  1. stolonic,
  2. stoloniferous,
  3. stolonization,
  4. stolypin,
  5. stoma,
  6. stomach ache,
  7. stomach pump,
  8. stomach stapling,
  9. stomach sweetbread,
  10. stomach tooth

Origin of stomach

1300–50; Middle English stomak < Latin stomachus gullet, stomach < Greek stómachos orig., opening; akin to stoma

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British Dictionary definitions for stomachs



(in vertebrates) the enlarged muscular saclike part of the alimentary canal in which food is stored until it has been partially digested and rendered into chymeRelated adjective: gastric
the corresponding digestive organ in invertebrates
the abdominal region
desire, appetite, or inclinationI have no stomach for arguments
an archaic word for temper
an obsolete word for pride

verb (tr; used mainly in negative constructions)

to tolerate; bearI can't stomach his bragging
to eat or digesthe cannot stomach oysters

Word Origin for stomach

C14: from Old French stomaque, from Latin stomachus (believed to be the seat of the emotions), from Greek stomakhos, from stoma mouth

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Word Origin and History for stomachs
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Medicine definitions for stomachs




The enlarged saclike portion of the digestive tract between the esophagus and small intestine, lying just beneath the diaphragm.

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Science definitions for stomachs



A saclike muscular organ in vertebrate animals that stores and breaks down ingested food. Food enters the stomach from the esophagus and passes to the small intestine through the pylorus. Glands in the stomach secrete hydrochloric acid and the digestive enzyme pepsin.
A similar digestive structure of many invertebrates.
Any of the four compartments into which the stomach of a ruminant is divided (the rumen, reticulum, omasum, or abomasum).
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Culture definitions for stomachs


An organ in the digestive system, on the left side of the body behind the lower rib cage, that receives chewed food from the esophagus. Tiny glands in the stomach's lining secrete gastric juice, which contains acids, mucus, and enzymes. This fluid, along with the muscular churning actions of the stomach, helps transform food into a thick, semifluid mass that can be passed into the small intestine for digestion.

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Idioms and Phrases with stomachs


see butterflies in one's stomach; can't stand (stomach) the sight of; eyes are bigger than one's stomach; no stomach for; sick to one's stomach; turn one's stomach.

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