Definition of belly noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbeli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbeli//
    (pl. bellies) Body parts
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  1. 1 the part of the body below the chest synonym stomach, gut They crawled along on their bellies. see also beer belly, pot belly See related entries: Body parts
  2. 2(literary) the round or curved part of an object the belly of a ship
  3. 3-bellied (in adjectives) having the type of belly mentioned swollen-bellied round-bellied More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginOld English belig ‘bag’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘swell, be inflated’.Extra examples He’s so fat, his belly hangs over his trousers. I filled my belly with a sausage sandwich. Kayla lifted up her shirt to expose her round belly. She felt the child in her belly kick. Since he turned 30 he’s started to develop a pot belly. an ugly man with a red face and a beer bellyIdioms (informal) to fail completely Last year the business went belly up after one of the partners resigned.
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