Definition of bellyache in English:



  • An abdominal pain.

    • ‘There were no technicians with the latest equipment waiting to help him decipher the coughs, bellyaches, chest pains, dizzy spells and fevers that ailed his patients.’
    • ‘They were usually sour and gave us bellyache, but it felt like a rite of passage of sorts.’
    • ‘I've discovered the perfect cure for midnight nausea and bellyache - blogging!’
    • ‘Yesterday's winners were loitering about, looking hopeful, but the chicha had given us bellyaches, and it was time to go.’
    • ‘Subacute acidosis can be much more than a bellyache, however.’
    • ‘With a couple hours yet to go in the party, he dressed and pleaded bellyache, then took to his horse to go home.’
    • ‘Whether you call it a cramp, bellyache, side ache, stomachache or stitch, it's a run-zapping pain in the gut.’
    • ‘The pregnant person scrutinizes every bellyache and back twinge to see if it's a sign of the impending big event.’
    • ‘In the morning, I'd wake up with a killer bellyache.’
    complaint, complaining, grouse, grousing, moan, moaning, moans and groans, grouch, grouching, grumble, whining, carping, muttering, murmur, murmuring, whispering
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[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Complain noisily or persistently.

    ‘heads of departments bellyaching about lack of resources’
    ‘there was plenty of bellyaching’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘This bottle of wine that's $27 on your list is just $9 at the store down the block,’ the customer bellyaches.’
    • ‘Teachers, already burdened with the extra duties of census, official surveys, vaccination programmes and other sundry jobs, are bellyaching.’
    • ‘We can bellyache all we want over the decision, but at the end of the day prohormones are still gone.’
    • ‘So stop bellyaching about hem lines and sore knees and start moving!’
    • ‘Conservatives are always bellyaching about how complex the tax code is and what a burden it is on the average taxpayer.’
    • ‘You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.’
    • ‘It's a little too late to start bellyaching about it now.’
    • ‘But once more, I'm not complaining, criticizing, expressing dissatisfaction, finding fault, or bellyaching at all.’
    • ‘Soldiers bellyache all the time, but only a minority turn complaint into defiance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I find it amusing what some people will write to you to bellyache about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘People don't bellyache to the landlord any more, they bellyache to the Foundation,’ he explained.’
    • ‘There was some mild bellyaching that the bang bang chicken and crisp Chinese pickled veg baguette did not live up to its promise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Having said that, I too think that the majority of doctors still make very decent incomes and shouldn't spend their time bellyaching.’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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