\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \
belched; belching; belches

Definition of belch

intransitive verb

1 : to expel gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth
2 : to erupt, explode, or detonate violently
3 : to issue forth spasmodically : gush

transitive verb

1 : to eject or emit violently angrily belched insults
2 : to expel (gas) from the stomach suddenly : eruct

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Other Words from belch

belch noun

Examples of belch in a Sentence

He belched loudly, and his girlfriend said, “That's disgusting!”. Smoke belched from the factory chimneys beside the river.

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Almost 100,000 gallons of oil belched into the bay, an environmental disaster that killed hundreds of birds, polluted 93 miles of coastline, and forced thousands of acres of shellfish beds to shut down. Joshua Miller,, "Healey, blasting oil barge industry, looks to protect Mass. tugboat escort law," 24 June 2019 But about 252 million years ago, huge volcanic ulcers in what's now Siberia belched massive amounts of greenhouse gases into Earth's atmosphere, triggering a sudden drop in ocean oxygen levels. National Geographic, "How did crabs evolve 'crabbiness'? It's complicated.," 24 Apr. 2019 Authorities later declared a temporary state of emergency, saying the landfill was belching alarmingly high levels of hydrogen sulfide. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 In warming areas that grow boggier every year, this might mean ensuring that there is enough oxygen-rich moving water, which would make the area less hospitable to anaerobic microbes that belch large quantities of methane. Quanta Magazine, "Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden Life," 16 June 2015 For Port, her career was the thing that worked her up—not a snub at Les Deux or a perpetually-belching ex-boyfriend. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Make the Women of The Hills Famous Again," 24 June 2019 The belching pocket square crisis of drafts past appears to have abated. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "The N.B.A.’s Draft Show Goes On, With Style — Even if It Shouldn’t," 21 June 2019 Churning pistons generate rhythmic vibrations, a belching smokestack expels eye-watering exhaust, and a blasting whistle — tooted often by an eager engineer — rattles the ear. Daniel Miller,, "Walt Disney's first love lives on at this historic California ranch," 24 May 2018 The orange flames and column of grey and black smoke belching into the pale Parisian sky at dusk augured some new, inevitably lesser era—the near-death of one of the most iconic buildings of western civilization. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of belch

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for belch

Middle English, from Old English bealcan

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English Language Learners Definition of belch

: to let out air from the stomach through the mouth very loudly
: to push or throw (something) out with force


\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \
belched; belching

Kids Definition of belch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to force out gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth usually with a sound
2 : to throw out or be thrown out with force Smoke belched from the chimney.



Kids Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: a forcing out of gas from the stomach through the mouth
\ ˈbelch How to pronounce belch (audio) \

Medical Definition of belch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to expel gas suddenly from the stomach through the mouth

transitive verb

: to expel (gas) from the stomach suddenly : eruct



Medical Definition of belch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of belching : eructation

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