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bellyache

[bel-ee-eyk] /ˈbɛl iˌeɪk/
noun
1.
Informal. a pain in the abdomen or bowels.
verb (used without object), bellyached, bellyaching.
2.
Informal. to complain; grumble.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; belly + ache
Related forms
bellyacher, noun
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Examples from the web for bellyache
  • She cures his bellyache with skunk cabbage and wild mint, sucks out his earwax, tells his fortune.
  • But as soon as someone asks them to spend money on what they are charging shareholders, they bellyache.
British Dictionary definitions for bellyache

bellyache

/ˈbɛlɪˌeɪk/
noun
1.
an informal term for stomachache
verb
2.
(intransitive) (slang) to complain repeatedly
Derived Forms
bellyacher, noun
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Word Origin and History for bellyache
n.

also belly-ache, 1590s, from belly (n.) + ache (n.). The verb in the slang sense of "complain" is first recorded 1888, American English; it appears not to have been used earlier than that, if ever, in a literal sense. Related: bellyached; bellyaching.

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bellyache in Medicine

bellyache bel·ly·ache (běl'ē-āk')
n.
Pain in the stomach or abdomen; colic.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bellyache

bellyache

noun

A complaint; beef, belch

verb

To complain, esp to do so habitually; bitch: You may exit the theater bellyaching about the show's unsubtleties (1880s+)


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