Definition of bellyache in US English:

bellyache

noun

informal
  • An abdominal pain.

    • ‘But there is some music that gives one a bellyache.’
    • ‘Whether you call it a cramp, bellyache, side ache, stomachache or stitch, it's a run-zapping pain in the gut.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've discovered the perfect cure for midnight nausea and bellyache - blogging!’
    • ‘Citizens of other places may complain, bitch or bellyache; New Yorkers kvetch.’
    • ‘Could it be that therein lie the seeds of the present bellyache?’
    • ‘Subacute acidosis can be much more than a bellyache, however.’
    • ‘Pills, spills and bellyaches - a cheat's guide to the Tour’
    • ‘Yesterday's winners were loitering about, looking hopeful, but the chicha had given us bellyaches, and it was time to go.’
    • ‘The pregnant person scrutinizes every bellyache and back twinge to see if it's a sign of the impending big event.’
    • ‘With a couple hours yet to go in the party, he dressed and pleaded bellyache, then took to his horse to go home.’
    • ‘If your husband ever asks for sex, never have a bellyache or a headache’
    • ‘In the morning, I'd wake up with a killer 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.’
    • ‘They were usually sour and gave us bellyache, but it felt like a rite of passage of sorts.’
    • ‘Uncharacteristically, perhaps because the bellyache and the fever distracted him, he sat in the open rather than behind tree cover.’
    • ‘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 departments bellyaching about lack of resources’
    ‘there was plenty of bellyaching’
    • ‘But once more, I'm not complaining, criticizing, expressing dissatisfaction, finding fault, or bellyaching at all.’
    • ‘‘This bottle of wine that's $27 on your list is just $9 at the store down the block,’ the customer bellyaches.’
    • ‘It's a little too late to start bellyaching about it now.’
    • ‘‘People don't bellyache to the landlord any more, they bellyache to the Foundation,’ he explained.’
    • ‘Having said that, I too think that the majority of doctors still make very decent incomes and shouldn't spend their time bellyaching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conservatives are always bellyaching about how complex the tax code is and what a burden it is on the average taxpayer.’
    • ‘So stop bellyaching about hem lines and sore knees and start moving!’
    • ‘You may complain, they say; you may grouch about globalisation, bellyache about environmental destruction, grizzle about consumer society.’
    • ‘Teachers, already burdened with the extra duties of census, official surveys, vaccination programmes and other sundry jobs, are bellyaching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was some mild bellyaching that the bang bang chicken and crisp Chinese pickled veg baguette did not live up to its promise.’
    • ‘I find it amusing what some people will write to you to bellyache about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soldiers bellyache all the time, but only a minority turn complaint into defiance.’
    • ‘We can bellyache all we want over the decision, but at the end of the day prohormones are still gone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    grumble, complain, moan, groan, protest, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, lodge a complaint, make a complaint, make a fuss
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Pronunciation

bellyache

/ˈbelēˌāk//ˈbɛliˌeɪk/