AskDefine | Define belly

Dictionary Definition



1 the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis [syn: abdomen, venter, stomach]
2 a protruding abdomen [syn: paunch]
3 a part that bulges deeply; "the belly of a sail"
4 the hollow inside of something; "in the belly of the ship"
5 the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish v : swell out or bulge out [syn: belly out] [also: bellied]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English bælġ



  1. The abdomen.


  1. To position one's belly.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Belly may refer to:
  • (slang/colloquial) The abdomen, the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax or, similarly, to the stomach
  • The upper or outer surface of a stringed musical instrument, nearer the strings; the other surface is the back
  • The draft in a sail
  • Tuna belly (fatty tuna), also known as Toro, used in Japanese food
  • Belly, a kind of steelpan
Belly may also refer to:
belly in German: Bauch
belly in French: Ventre
belly in Slovak: Brucho
belly in Swedish: Buk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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