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[burp] /bɜrp/ Informal.
a belch; eructation.
verb (used without object)
to belch; eruct.
verb (used with object)
to cause (a baby) to belch by patting its back, especially to relieve flatulence after feeding.
Origin of burp
1930-35, Americanism; imitative
Related forms
burpless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for burp
  • And yet the market has swallowed it all without a burp.
  • If the permafrost melts, prodigious amounts of trapped methane gas will burp out of the once frozen ground.
  • When he does turn it on, the excess hydrogen vents from a small pipe on the roof with the sound of an impolite burp.
  • Manners aside, getting cows to burp less could help reduce global warming.
  • Free to burp and fart without apology, to grab food and smoke and run shirtless through the thorns.
  • Among other feats, he can swallow a sword with hardly a burp.
  • All it has to do is burp really hot and melt that glacier.
  • Yes, your first couple of shots will be gross, and you may burp it up.
  • Apologies for the burp that caused my previous comment to be sent prematurely.
  • We meet three creatures who share a single removable eyeball, and cursed princesses who burp toads.
British Dictionary definitions for burp


(informal) a belch
(intransitive) (informal) to belch
(transitive) to cause (a baby) to burp to relieve flatulence after feeding
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for burp

1932, noun and verb, American English, apparently imitative. The transitive sense of the verb is first recorded 1940. Related: Burped; burping. Burp gun attested from 1945.

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burp in Medicine

burp (bûrp)
Noisy expulsion of gas from the stomach through the mouth. v. burped, burp·ing, burps

  1. To expel gas from the stomach through the mouth.

  2. To cause a baby to expel gas from the stomach, as by patting the back after feeding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for burp



A belch, esp a gentle one

  1. : She burped thrice and smiled
  2. To cause a baby to belch, esp by holding it over the shoulder and patting its back (1930s+)

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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