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[bel-ee-foo l] /ˈbɛl iˌfʊl/
noun, plural bellyfuls. Informal.
all that a person can tolerate:
I've had a bellyful of your whining.
Origin of bellyful
1525-35; belly + -ful Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have always had my bellyful and a good shirt to my back before this confounded scamp put his nose into my crib.

    Love and Intrigue Friedrich Schiller
  • A bellyful is a bellyful, no matter what kind of meat is taken.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Pat Maguire is into the wather head-first an' dhrinkin' a bellyful, I'll warrant—which same will be a new sensation for him.

  • Anything you got to say is better said when you got a bellyful of Molly's cookin'.

  • He'll throw more stunts than a small boy with a bellyful of green apples.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • I should say that both sides had got their bellyful of fighting.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • "Hope they've got a bellyful by this time," I said bitterly.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • And when he is found, call a public postmortem, and prove that we gave him his bellyful.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for bellyful


as much as one wants or can eat
(slang) more than one can tolerate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bellyful

figuratively, "enough and more," 1530s, from belly (n.) + -ful. Older than the literal sense (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bellyful



The limit of what one can stand; an overplus; surfeit: I've had a bellyful of your bellyaching (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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