Dictionary.com

yellowbelly

[ yel-oh-bel-ee ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌbɛl i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural yel·low·bel·lies.
Slang. a person who is without courage, fortitude, or nerve; coward.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of yellowbelly

First recorded in 1790–1800; yellow + belly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use yellowbelly in a sentence

  • Down with the yellowbelly, and teach him that this country ain't no place fer him nor his kind.

    The Blue Dragon|Kirk Munroe

British Dictionary definitions for yellowbelly (1 of 2)

yellow belly

noun
dialect a native of Lincolnshire, esp of the fens

British Dictionary definitions for yellowbelly (2 of 2)

yellow-belly

noun plural -lies
a slang word for coward
Australian another name for callop

Derived forms of yellow-belly

yellow-bellied, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK