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Synonyms and Antonyms of belly

  1. 1 a need or desire for food <his one concern in life seemed to be for his belly> Synonyms appetite, hunger, emptiness, famishment, munchies, stomachRelated Words rapaciousness, rapacity, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity; malnutrition, starvation, undernourishment; craving, sweet tooth; famine, fast, hunger strike; gluttony, gourmandism, greed, hoggishnessNear Antonyms fill, fullness, glut, repleteness, repletion, satiation, satiety, satisfaction, surfeitAntonyms inappetence

  2. 2 an enlarged or bulging abdomen <vowed to get rid of his belly in time to attend his class reunion> Synonyms bay window, beer belly, potbelly, corporation, gut, paunch, potRelated Words breadbasket [slang], stomach, tummy; chubbiness, corpulence, fat, fatness, fleshiness, obesity, overweight, paunchiness, plumpness, portliness, pudginess; chunkiness, heaviness, stoutness

  3. 3 the part of the body between the chest and the pelvis <a baby with a round little belly> Synonyms abdomen, stomach, breadbasket [slang], gut, solar plexus, tummyRelated Words middle, midriff, waist; paunch, potbelly; thorax

  4. 4 the seat of one's deepest thoughts and emotions <in my belly I knew that he wasn't telling the truth, as the details of his story just didn't add up> Synonyms core, blood, bone(s), bosom, breast, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soulRelated Words conscience, mind



Synonyms and Antonyms of belly

  1. 1 to extend outward beyond a usual point <the sails slowly bellied as the wind picked up> Synonyms bag, balloon, beetle, bulge, billow, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, stick out, swellRelated Words dome; blow up, inflate; dilate, distend, expand; mushroom, snowball; elongate, extend, lengthen, stretchNear Antonyms compress, condense, constrict, contract, shrink

  2. 2 to move slowly with the body close to the ground <recruits were forced to belly over the obstacle course under simulated enemy fire> Synonyms crawl, creep, grovel, slide, slither, snake, worm, wriggleRelated Words crouch, squat; edge, inch, nose; skulk, sneak, steal, tiptoe

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