Definition of bellyache in English:

bellyache

noun

informal
  • A stomach pain.

    • ‘Uncharacteristically, perhaps because the bellyache and the fever distracted him, he sat in the open rather than behind tree cover.’
    • ‘But there is some music that gives one a bellyache.’
    • ‘Could it be that therein lie the seeds of the present bellyache?’
    • ‘A great banquet was served during the day, and I often gave myself a bellyache by eating too much while listening to speaker after speaker.’
    • ‘If your husband ever asks for sex, never have a bellyache or a headache’
    • ‘Pills, spills and bellyaches - a cheat's guide to the Tour’
    • ‘Citizens of other places may complain, bitch or bellyache; New Yorkers kvetch.’
    • ‘If I complain of a sore bellyache Mom will never believe me.’
    complaint, complaining, grouse, grousing, moan, moaning, moans and groans, grouch, grouching, grumble, whining, carping, muttering, murmur, murmuring, whispering
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verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Complain noisily or persistently:

    ‘Heads of Department bellyaching about lack of resources’
    • ‘We can bellyache all we want over the decision, but at the end of the day prohormones are still gone.’
    • ‘Soldiers bellyache all the time, but only a minority turn complaint into defiance.’
    • ‘Now that police authorities are having to use that money for what it was intended, police officers' pensions, they are bellyaching about it and feeding the public with misinformation in a bid to disguise their own failings.’
    • ‘Conservatives are always bellyaching about how complex the tax code is and what a burden it is on the average taxpayer.’
    • ‘Having said that, I too think that the majority of doctors still make very decent incomes and shouldn't spend their time bellyaching.’
    • ‘I find it amusing what some people will write to you to bellyache about.’
    • ‘Anyone who's ever played road hockey has encountered the kid who bellyaches about not getting the ball enough and threatens to depart with his net if things don't go his way.’
    • ‘It's a little too late to start bellyaching about it now.’
    • ‘So stop bellyaching about hem lines and sore knees and start moving!’
    • ‘But once more, I'm not complaining, criticizing, expressing dissatisfaction, finding fault, or bellyaching at all.’
    • ‘Rather than bellyache about who owns what media outlets, with a mealy-mouthed ‘it's not fair’ position, perhaps more honest debate and more public discussion would expose the vacuous nature of many current arguments.’
    • ‘The council chiefs have known about the problem of recycling for quite some time but have chosen to ignore it and now they are bellyaching because they could be liable for a ‘fine’ of around £1, 500,000.’
    • ‘There was some mild bellyaching that the bang bang chicken and crisp Chinese pickled veg baguette did not live up to its promise.’
    • ‘‘This bottle of wine that's $27 on your list is just $9 at the store down the block,’ the customer bellyaches.’
    • ‘‘People don't bellyache to the landlord any more, they bellyache to the Foundation,’ he explained.’
    • ‘Teachers, already burdened with the extra duties of census, official surveys, vaccination programmes and other sundry jobs, are bellyaching.’
    • ‘Which is why I think the best solution for all of us is to stop bellyaching, and let Mr. Stallone go on making ‘Rocky’ movies until he drops.’
    • ‘You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.’
    • ‘Fine. But can we now please stop bellyaching about how the Democrats don't have any ideas because they aren't willing to put a plan on the table?’
    • ‘I will stop bellyaching about the media using my personal life to sell newspapers while posing for cheesy, beefcake photos to sell my new movie.’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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Pronunciation

bellyache

/ˈbɛlɪeɪk/