Green’s Dictionary of Slang

belly n.

1. [early 19C; 1940s] the vagina.

2. [late 19C–1960s] (US) bravery, courage [var. on gut n. (2a)].

3. see belly laugh

SE in slang uses

In compounds

bellyache

see separate entries.

belly-bachelor (n.) [a rich wife will help pay the food bills]

[20C+] (Irish) a man whose amorous pursuits are determined by the income of each potential partner.

belly block (n.)

[mid-19C] (UK Und.) food.

belly-bomber (n.)

[1980s+] (US) a hamburger, esp. when particularly greasy.

belly-bound (adj.) [SE bound, constipated]

[17C–19C] usu. of horses, constipated.

bellybreakers (n.)

[1950s] (W.I.) braces.

belly bristles (n.)

[19C] pubic hair.

belly bump/-bumper

see separate entries.

belly burglar (n.) (also belly robber, gut burglar, stomach robber) [orig. milit. jargon, the trad. meanness of cooks]

[20C+] (Can./US) a cook or steward.

belly-buster (n.) [burster n.1 ]

1. [1940s+] (Aus./US, also belly-smacker) a dive that knocks the wind from the diver [var. on bellyflop n.].

2. [1960s] (also belly-burster) a belly-laugh.

3. [1980s] (US) a large hero sandwich or ‘submarine’.

4. [1980s] a very funny joke.

belly button (n.)

1. [mid-19C+] (US) the navel, esp. in juv. use; thus my belly button is playing hell with my backbone, I am very hungry.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

belly cheat (n.)

1. [mid-16C–mid-19C] (UK Und., also belly chete, belly-chit) an apron [cheat n. (1); lit. ‘stomach thing’].

2. [early 17C] food [cheat n. (1); lit. ‘stomach thing’].

3. [early 19C] padding worn by a woman in the hope of counterfeiting pregnancy [SE cheat].

belly cheater (n.) [the trad. meanness of cooks]

[1910s+] (US) a cook.

belly chere (n.) (also belly cheer)

[mid-16C–mid-17C] food; thus belly-cheering, eating and drinking.

belly dale (n.) [SE dale, a (river) valley]

[late 19C] the vagina.

belly dingle (n.) [SE dingle, a wooded hollow, a deep narrow cleft between hills]

[late 19C] the vagina.

belly entrance (n.)

[late 19C] the vagina; one of a number of terms relating the vagina to an entrance.

In compounds

belly fiddle (n.) [the normal fiddle or violin is held beneath the chin, while the guitar is strapped across the stomach]

[1900s–40s] (US black) a guitar.

bellyflop

see separate entries.

belly-fucker (n.) [fuck v. (1)] [1970s+] (US gay)

1. a homosexual man attracted to men with taut stomachs.

2. a homosexual man who achieves ejaculation by rubbing his penis on his partner’s stomach.

bellyful (n.) [ext. of SE use; rendered colloq. only because belly itself is considered coarse]

1. [late 14C+] (also bellyfull) a sufficiency (the implication is of ‘more than enough’), whether of food or drink or something else of which the subject has lost patience/interest through repetition; often as have a bellyful of.

2. [mid-17C–1920s] a thrashing [one has had a bellyful of pain].

belly furniture (n.) [SE furniture; that with which something is stocked or filled; contents]

[mid-17C] food.

belly grease (n.) [lit. ‘stomach-fat’]

[1930s] (US) hard liquor.

belly-grunting (n.) [one ‘grunts’ with pain]

[1920s+] (Aus.) a bad stomach-ache.

belly gun (n.) [such a gun can be tucked into one’s waistband and/or pressed against the victim’s waist]

[1920s+] (orig. US) a small gun that is most effective when fired at short range, esp. when aimed at a victim’s abdomen.

belly-gut (n.) [the greediness is implied in the redup., lit. ‘stomach-stomach’]

[mid-16C–mid-18C] a greedy, lazy person.

belly habit (n.) [habit n. (4)]

[1940s+] (drugs) pains in the stomach that may accompany withdrawal from continued heroin use.

belly laugh (n.) (also belly) [it appears to come from deep in the stomach] [20C+]

1. (also belly-shaking laughter) a deep, sonorous laugh; also as v.

2. a joke.

belly-patch (n.)

[late 19C] a chef, a cook.

belly-paunch (n.)

[mid-16C–17C] a glutton.

belly-piece (n.) [SE piece]

1. [17C] a prostitute, a mistress [but note piece n. (1a)].

2. [17C–18C] an apron.

belly plea (n.)

[late 17C-19C] a plea, offered by a female criminal facing the death sentence, that since she is pregnant, the law should spare her unborn child’s life; thus plead one’s belly, to make such an entreaty.

belly queen (n.) [queen n. (2a)/-queen sfx (2)] [1960s+] (US gay)

1. a gay man who enjoys face-to-face intercourse, usu. between the partner’s thighs.

2. a male homosexual who opts for face-to-face intercourse; orgasm is achieved by rubbing the penis on the partner’s stomach rather than through anal penetration.

3. one who only likes partners with flat, hard stomachs.

In compounds

belly-robbing (adj.) [the assumption that one’s money is needed for food]

[1920s] (US) cheating, extortionate.

belly rub (n.)

[1920s+] (US) a dance.

belly rub (v.)

[1920s+] (US) to dance close to one’s partner; thus belly-rubbing n. and adj.

belly ruffian (n.) (also ruffian) [affectionate play on SE]

[late 17C–19C] the penis.

belly timber (n.) (also tummy-timber) [SE timber, the ‘stuff’ of which a person is made; note that HDAS adds a single 1970s citation, from American Speech]

[early 17C–19C] food.

belly vengeance (n.) [East Anglian dial. bellywengins]

1. [mid-19C] weak, sour beer, often the cause of stomach upsets; thus the stomach upset itself.

2. [1930s] spirits.

belly wash/-washer (n.)

see separate entries.

belly whiskers (n.)

[late 19C] the female pubic hair.

belly whopper (n.) [whop! excl.]

[1910s+] (US) a dive, usu. into water, but also onto the ground; thus belly-whopping n.

belly-woman (n.) [1950s+] (W.I.)

1. an unmarried pregnant woman.

2. in fig. use of sense 1, a cutlass with a rounded blade.

belly-works (n.)

[1940s] (W.I.) diarrhoea.

In phrases

belly-ache belfry (n.)

see separate entry.

belly and back (adv.) [lit. ‘on both sides’]

[20C+] (W.I., Guyn.) utterly, completely, ruthlessly.

belly-bottom concrete (n.) [its weight and consistency]

[1950s+] (W.I.) a very large, round boiled dumpling.

belly-chere (v.)

to carouse, to eat and drink heartily.

belly full and behind drunk (adj.) [behind n. (1)]

[20C+] (W.I.) immobile, incapable of movement after a large meal and a good deal to drink.

belly-go-firster (n.) (also belly-go-fister, belly-go-fuster)

[early–mid-19C] a blow to the stomach, esp. one given with no warning, or at the start of a fight.

belly up

see separate entries.

close to one’s belly (adj.)

[1920s–40s] (US) almost totally impoverished, very poor.

first belly pain (n.)

[1950s] (W.I.) one’s first-born child.

get a belly (v.) (also grow a belly)

[20C+] (US/W.I.) to become noticeably pregnant.

give a belly (v.)

[mid-17C; 20C+] (W.I.) to make a woman pregnant.

go belly-bumping (v.)

[19C] to have sexual intercourse; thus get a belly-bumper/belly-buster, to become pregnant.

have a belly rash (v.) [the result of being a ‘crawler’]

[1990s+] (Aus.) to be a sycophant.

have one’s belly boil (v.) [the rush of adrenaline]

[20C+] (W.I., Gren.) to be very frightened.

have one’s belly touching one’s back (v.)

[20C+] (W.I.) to be absolutely starving.

how’s your belly?

a joc. (if slightly coarse) phr. of greeting; often ext., e.g. how’s your belly, knees and things? / how’s your belly off for spots? / ...where the pig bit you?

put a man in one’s belly (v.)

[late 16C–early 17C] of a woman, to permit sexual intercourse.

rub bellies (v.)

1. [1930s–60s] to have sexual intercourse.

2. [1970s+] (US gay) to indulge in an act of frottage.

rub belly (n.)

[18C–19C] sexual intercourse.

run belly (v.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) to cause diarrhoea.

throw away belly (v.) (also dash away belly)

[20C+] (W.I.) to procure an abortion, to terminate a pregnancy.

In exclamations

belly up!

see separate entry.