bel·​ly·​ache | \ ˈbe-lē-ˌāk How to pronounce bellyache (audio) \

Definition of bellyache

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach : stomachache


bellyached; bellyaching; bellyaches

Definition of bellyache (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to complain whiningly or peevishly : find fault

Other Words from bellyache


bellyacher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bellyache

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of bellyache in a Sentence

Noun He ate too much chili and it gave him a bellyache. Verb He was bellyaching about how long it took to get a table at the restaurant. tired of the kids bellyaching every time they're asked to mow the lawn or take out the trash
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just a sweet glide across the land, no bellyache from a jostle. Arkansas Online, 30 June 2021 Some adverse reactions to look out for can be diarrhea and bellyaches. If your canine (and their stomach) loves the new snack, then great. Jackie Frere, Woman's Day, 2 Apr. 2019 But rather than bellyache, why not follow the lead of McDonald’s and de-invent them? Joe Queenan, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2018 With the stadium being mostly privately financed the naysayers are going to have something else to whine and bellyache about. John Canzano,, 17 Apr. 2018 The intersection between sports and pop culture in America has existed at least since Babe Ruth’s famous bellyache in 1925. Ken Belson, New York Times, 15 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the heart of the espalier is the stake about which Grenadiers are known to bellyache. Paul Muldoon, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 All of us have cheated this way before and hopefully didn’t bellyache too loudly when we were called out for it. Don Yaeger, Forbes, 16 June 2021 But grousing over presidential vacations is a bit of a political charade; Democrats bellyache about Republican presidents taking time off and vice versa, but even a commander in chief needs some downtime. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 3 June 2021 The city rebranded a different street as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, though not without bellyaching among the citizenry. Sarah Vowell, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2020 But on a losing team that couldn’t get him the football, Sanders made faces and bellyached. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 23 Oct. 2019 With all the bellyaching about prices and the fact neighbors may no longer share bins, how come no one ever talks about the glorious noise reduction? Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 21 July 2019 But as Trump's incessant bellyaching about leaks has made evident, covering Washington is a shadowy endeavor. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, 25 May 2018 Our ancestors, believe it or not, were fearful, bellyaching monkeys. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bellyache


1552, in the meaning defined above


1881, in the meaning defined above

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bel·​ly·​ache | \ ˈbel-ē-ˌāk How to pronounce bellyache (audio) \

Medical Definition of bellyache

: pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach : stomachache

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