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midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmi-ˌdrif\

Simple Definition of midriff

  • : the area around a person's middle : the front of a person's body between the chest and the waist

Full Definition of midriff

  1. 1 :  diaphragm 1

  2. 2 :  the mid-region of the human torso

  3. 3 a :  a section of a woman's garment that covers the midriff b :  a woman's garment that exposes the midriff

Examples of midriff

  1. She wore a skimpy outfit that showed her bare midriff.

  2. <midriff-baring tops are popular this summer>



Origin of midriff

Middle English midrif, from Old English midhrif, from midde mid + hrif belly; akin to Old High German href womb, and probably to Latin corpus body


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with midriff


MIDRIFF Defined for Kids

midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmid-ˌrif\

Definition of midriff

  1. :  the middle part of the human body between the chest and the waist




Medical Dictionary

midriff

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noun mid·riff \ˈmid-ˌrif\

Medical Definition of midriff

  1. 1:  diaphragm 1

  2. 2:  the mid-region of the human torso





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