bel·​ly·​ful ˈbe-lē-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce bellyful (audio)
: an excessive amount
a bellyful of advice

Examples of bellyful in a Sentence

The movie provides a bellyful of laughs. a bellyful of complaints about the new security procedures
Recent Examples on the Web The apex of that transformation arrived with the N.F.L. planting this year’s event in Las Vegas, where the prevailing ethos might well be that a bellyful of anything is barely enough. Billy Witz, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Go instead for the exquisite acting, the splendiferous set — and a bellyful of laughs. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, 13 June 2019 Who wants to talk of destruction with a bellyful of ribs? John Kass,, 2 July 2019 On its way to skim the lake and grab a bellyful of water to drop on a nearby forest fire, a CL-215—also known as Scooper—gave him a nice little haircut. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2016 The ecologist gets his data and the caiman is none the worse for wear, save for losing a bellyful of rotting flesh. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, 11 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bellyful was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Bellyful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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