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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Can Dogs Eat Apples? A Veterinarian Weighs In," 2 Apr. 2019 But rather than bellyache, why not follow the lead of McDonald’s and de-invent them? Joe Queenan, WSJ, "My Short List of Things That Need to Be ‘De-Invented’," 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,, "Canzano: Portland Diamond Project with strong liftoff for MLB to PDX," 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, "Deflategate Is Over: Tom Brady Ends Appeals Process," 15 July 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city rebranded a different street as Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, though not without bellyaching among the citizenry. Sarah Vowell, New York Times, "What Street Names Say About Us," 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, "Kiszla: Is John Elway too impatient to let Phillip Lindsay and young core lead Broncos out of this mess?," 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, "Letters: I love St. Paul’s new municipal garbage service," 21 July 2019 But as Trump's incessant bellyaching about leaks has made evident, covering Washington is a shadowy endeavor. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The New York Times," 25 May 2018 Our ancestors, believe it or not, were fearful, bellyaching monkeys. NBC News, "Michio Kaku sees amazing things in our future, except for those scary robots," 2 Mar. 2018 There is a duty of public service and maybe that’s the way it’s going to be paid for and everyone should stop bellyaching over it, you’re right. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes on Recode Decode," 16 Mar. 2018 After years of bellyaching over the size of America’s mounting national debt, Republicans have recently coalesced around a tax plan that is all gain, no pain—a $5.8 trillion behemoth that would be only partially paid for. Tina Nguyen,, "Is Trump’s Tax Cut as Doomed as His Obamacare Debacle?," 2 Oct. 2017 Reasonable people can disagree without bellyaching, the guidelines for pilldom being somewhat nebulous. Rondi Adamson, WSJ, "A ‘Pill’ Is That Person You Just Can’t Take," 24 Aug. 2017

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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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The first known use of bellyache was in 1552

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“Bellyache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bellyache

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pain in the stomach



English Language Learners Definition of bellyache (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to complain in an annoying way


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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