[ yel-oh-bel-ee ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌbɛl i /

noun, plural yel·low·bel·lies.

Slang. a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; coward.

Origin of yellowbelly

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + belly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for yellow-belly

  • Around the middle of each corn fairy is a yellow-belly belt.

    Rootabaga Stories|Carl Sandburg
  • Praed was a quitter—a yellow-belly—besides being—But he stopped there.

  • In his notes, the yellow-belly may be said to take after both the least flycatcher and the wood pewee.

    The Foot-path Way|Bradford Torrey

British Dictionary definitions for yellow-belly


noun plural -lies

a slang word for coward
Australian another name for callop

Derived Forms

yellow-bellied, adjective
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