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[mid-rif] /ˈmɪd rɪf/
diaphragm (def 1).
the middle part of the body, between the chest and the waist.
the part of a dress or bodice, usually close-fitting, that covers this part of the body.
a garment that exposes this part of the body.
noting or pertaining to the middle part of the human body, the part of a garment that covers it, or a garment that exposes it.
Origin of midriff
before 1000; Middle English mydryf, Old English midhrif, equivalent to mid(d) mid1 + hrif belly Unabridged
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Examples from the web for midriff
  • If you follow her career at all, at this point you could probably sketch her midriff from memory.
  • They also should not expose the midriff, back, or have revealing necklines.
  • Registrants will be responsible for cost of warm-ups, midriff, and bloomers.
  • Shorts, tank tops, or exposure of the midriff will not be considered to be acceptable attire.
  • Participants may not expose their midriff, cleavage or underwear.
  • Tops that expose the midriff or show excessive cleavage will not be allowed.
  • T-shirts which expose the midriff at a regular standing posture will not be allowed.
  • The midriff shirt is legal, if in the judgment of the referee, it does not hinder the defense from pulling the flag.
British Dictionary definitions for midriff


  1. the middle part of the human body, esp between waist and bust
  2. (as modifier): midriff bulge
(anatomy) another name for the diaphragm (sense 1)
the part of a woman's garment covering the midriff
(US) a woman's garment which exposes the midriff
Word Origin
Old English midhrif, from mid1 + hrif belly
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Word Origin and History for midriff

Old English midhrif, from mid "mid" (see mid) + hrif "belly," from Proto-Germanic *hrefiz- (cf. Old High German href, Old Frisian hrif "belly"), from PIE *kwrep- "body, form, appearance" (see corporeal). More or less obsolete after 18c. except in phrase to tickle (one's) midriff "to cause laughter," the word revived 1941 in fashion usage for "portion of a woman's garment that covers the belly," as a euphemistic avoidance of belly; sense inverted and extended 1970 to a belly-baring style of women's top.

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midriff in Medicine

midriff mid·riff (mĭd'rĭf)
See diaphragm.

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