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[belch] /bɛltʃ/
verb (used without object)
to eject gas spasmodically and noisily from the stomach through the mouth; eruct.
to emit contents violently, as a gun, geyser, or volcano.
to issue spasmodically; gush forth:
Fire and smoke belched from the dragon's mouth.
verb (used with object)
to eject (gas or the like) spasmodically or violently; give forth:
a chimney belching smoke.
an instance of belching; eructation.
a violent emittance of flame, smoke, gas, etc.
Origin of belch
before 1000; Middle English belchen, Old English bealcettan; cognate with Dutch balken, belken to bray; perhaps extended form akin to bell2, bellow
Related forms
belcher, noun
outbelch, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for belch
  • Illuminated by the invisible rays of the ultra-violet light, windows blaze light, stacks belch smoke.
  • Fumaroles ringed with yellow crystals belch out reeking vapors.
  • The city is a canyon bounded by industrial towers, some of which belch fire.
  • It lives in the deep ocean, near seeps that belch out methane.
British Dictionary definitions for belch


(usually intransitive) to expel wind from the stomach noisily through the mouth; eructate
to expel or be expelled forcefully from inside: smoke belching from factory chimneys
to say (curses, insults, etc) violently or bitterly
an act of belching; eructation
Word Origin
Old English bialcan; related to Middle Low German belken to shout, Dutch balken to bray
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Word Origin and History for belch

Old English bealcan "bring up wind from the stomach," also "swell, heave," of echoic origin (cf. Dutch balken "to bray, shout"). Extended to volcanoes, cannons, etc. 1570s. Related: Belched; belching. As a noun, recorded from 1510s. It is recorded in 1706 as a slang noun meaning "poor beer."

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belch in Medicine

belch (bělch)
v. belched, belch·ing, belch·es
To expel stomach gas noisily through the mouth; burp.

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Slang definitions & phrases for belch


  1. A complaint; beef (1900+)
  2. A beer, esp of poor quality
  1. : All she did was belch about how bad he treats her
  2. To inform; squeal: I feel good that I didn't belch on my friend (1900+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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