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



BrE BrE//ˈstʌmək//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌmək//
Body parts
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  •   the organ inside the body where food goes when you swallow it; the front part of the body below the chest stomach pains an upset stomach (British English also) a stomach upset exercises to strengthen the stomach muscles It's not a good idea to drink (= alcohol) on an empty stomach (= without having eaten anything). You shouldn't exercise on a full stomach. The attacker kicked him in the stomach. Lie on your stomach with your arms by your side. They crawled along the ground on their stomachs. CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build see also tummy See related entries: Body parts
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French estomac, stomaque, via Latin from Greek stomakhos ‘gullet’, from stoma ‘mouth’. The early sense of the verb was ‘be offended at, resent’ (early 16th cent.).Extra examples ‘I’m eating for two now!’ she said, patting her stomach. A feeling of nausea settled in her stomach. He had a hangover, so he ordered a sandwich to settle his stomach. He had a stomach upset. He had his stomach pumped after taking an overdose. He sucked in his stomach as he walked along the beach. He violently emptied the contents of his stomach. He was stabbed in the stomach during a street brawl. Human remains were found among the stomach contents of the shark. I felt a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the ambulance. I had butterflies in my stomach as I went to get my exam results. I lay on my stomach on the beach. I would get knots in my stomach because I was so scared. It makes me sick to my stomach to hear such stupid attitudes. My stomach lurched as another big wave hit the boat. She’s been off work with an upset stomach. The drug can cause mild stomach upset. The pains in his stomach were becoming worse. The smell of the dead dog turned his stomach. You need a strong stomach to go on the giant roller coaster. You shouldn’t drink wine on an empty stomach. enzymes in the stomach the sound of my rumbling stomach It’s not a good idea to drink on an empty stomach. You shouldn’t exercise on a full stomach.Idioms
    somebody’s eyes are bigger than their stomach
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    used to say that somebody has been greedy by taking more food than they can eat
    feel sick to your stomach
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    (North American English) to feel as though you will vomit soon
    have butterflies (in your stomach)
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    (informal) to have a nervous feeling in your stomach before doing something
      have no stomach for something
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    1. 1to not want to eat something She had no stomach for the leftover stew.
    2. 2to not have the desire or courage to do something They had no stomach for a fight. See related entries: Brave
    to be able to see or do unpleasant things without feeling sick or upset
    the pit of your/the stomach
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    the bottom of the stomach where people say they feel strong feelings, especially fear He had a sudden sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. See related entries: Fear
    pump somebody’s stomach
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    to remove the contents of somebody’s stomach using a pump, because they have swallowed something harmful
    to make you feel upset, sick or disgusted Pictures of the burnt corpses turned my stomach.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stomach