- having a yellow abdomen or underside.
- Slang. cowardly; lily-livered.
Origin of yellow-bellied
First recorded in 1700–10
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsdastardly, mean-spirited, invertebrate, chicken, yellow, afraid, cowardly, debilitated, enervated, fearful, feeble, nervous, petrified, spineless, timid, weak, yellow-bellied, frightened, gutless, impotent
Examples from the Web for yellow-bellied
Even though the Founders at first blamed meteors, they eventually made “moschetoes” as the yellow-bellied culprit.Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria
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One of these was with a yellow-bellied woodpecker, the first I had ever seen.Birds in the Bush
"Wal, you yellow-bellied neutrals," he said, his voice cold and his eyes hard.A Man to His Mate
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The Yellow-bellied Acanthurus is armed with a spine of considerable length upon its tail.The Evolution of Culture
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As the yellow-bellied woodpecker was the most abundant species in these woods, I attributed it to him.A Year in the Fields
He is a dog—and the pup of a dog—red, yellow-bellied, lairless, and haired between every toe!The Second Jungle Book