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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
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  • He had drunk his bellyful of water, and was within an ace of being drowned.
  • Wayward penguin has surgery to remove bellyful of debris.
  • So swallow, you rotten eggs after you've gotten a bellyful.
  • We have had our bellyful of a species of wretchedness which is thoroughly pleased with itself.
  • People have had a bellyful of an economic system that benefits only the wealthy.
  • The grandkids and friends who help at tapping time come away with a bellyful of apple cake and a solid work ethic.
  • The seal seemed relaxed, probably digesting a bellyful of river herring.
British Dictionary definitions for bellyful


as much as one wants or can eat
(slang) more than one can tolerate
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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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