belly


belly
belly
is a standard word for the front part of the human body below the breast, despite marked fluctuations in acceptability over many centuries of use; alternatives are abdomen (more technical and formal), stomach (more specific) and tummy (more colloquial, especially in children's use). There are many transferred uses, e.g. the underside of an animal, the underside of an aeroplane, the front part of a cello, etc.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Belly — Bel ly (b[e^]l l[y^]), n.; pl. {Bellies} ( l[i^]z). [OE. bali, bely, AS. belg, b[ae]lg, b[ae]lig, bag, bellows, belly; akin to Icel. belgr bag, bellows, Sw. b[ a]lg, Dan. b[ae]lg, D. & G. balg, cf. W. bol the paunch or belly, dim. boly, Ir. bolg …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Belly — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Belly Información personal Nombre real Ahmad Balshe …   Wikipedia Español

  • Belly — may refer to: *(slang/colloquial) The abdomen, the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax or, similarly, to the stomach **A beer belly, an overhang of fat above the waist, presumably caused by regular beer ingestion. **Belly dance… …   Wikipedia

  • Belly — Годы 1991 1996 Страна …   Википедия

  • belly up — {v.}, {informal} To go bankrupt, become afunctional; to die. * /Uncompetitive small businesses must eventually all belly up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • belly up — {v.}, {informal} To go bankrupt, become afunctional; to die. * /Uncompetitive small businesses must eventually all belly up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • belly — [bel′ē] n. pl. bellies [ME beli < OE belg, leather bag, purse, bellows < IE base * bhelĝh , to swell, bag (< * bhel , to inflate) > Ir bolg, sack, belly, ON bylgja, billow, Goth balgs, leather bottle] 1. the lower front part of the… …   English World dictionary

  • belly up to — (US sl) To go directly or purposefully towards • • • Main Entry: ↑belly * * * belly up to [phrasal verb] belly up to (someone or something) US, informal : to walk to or toward (someone or something) The men bellied up to the bar. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • belly up — el ly up , belly up el ly up , a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase {go belly up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belly-up — el ly up , belly up el ly up , a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase {go belly up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belly up — bel‧ly up [ˌbeli ˈʌp] adverb informal FINANCE COMMERCE go belly up if a company goes belly up, it stops trading because it cannot pay its debts …   Financial and business terms