Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To expel gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth; burp.
  • intransitive verb To erupt or explode.
  • intransitive verb To gush forth.
  • intransitive verb To expel (gas) noisily from the stomach through the mouth; burp.
  • intransitive verb To eject violently.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of throwing out from the stomach or from within; eructation.
  • noun A cant name for malt liquor, from its causing belching.
  • To eject wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth; eructate.
  • To issue out, as with eructation: as, “belching flames,”
  • To throw or eject from the stomach with violence; eructate.
  • To eject violently from within; cast forth.
  • To ejaculate; vent with vehemence: often with out: as, to belch out blasphemies; to belch out one's fury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of belching; also, that which is belched; an eructation.
  • noun obsolete Malt liquor; -- vulgarly so called as causing eructation.
  • transitive verb To eject or throw up from the stomach with violence; to eruct.
  • transitive verb To eject violently from within; to cast forth; to emit; to give vent to; to vent.
  • intransitive verb To eject wind from the stomach through the mouth; to eructate.
  • intransitive verb To issue with spasmodic force or noise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To expel gas loudly or rudely from the stomach through the mouth.
  • noun The sound one makes when belching.
  • noun obsolete malt liquor

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb expel gas from the stomach
  • noun a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth
  • verb become active and spew forth lava and rocks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English belchen, from Old English bealcettan or from *bealcian; akin to bealcan.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English belchen, from Old English bealcan, bialcan; related to Dutch balken ("to bray"), Middle Low German belken ("to shout").

Examples

  • The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.

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  • Because belch is the only word that does this justice, truly.

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  • Because belch is the only word that does this justice, truly.

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  • Then came the latest sustained ashen belch from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokul, re-routing, delaying or cancelling hundreds of trans-Atlantic flights over the weekend and into the week of the festival's opening.

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  • And p.s. I’ve spent way too much time trying to decide if Newton’s belch is real or ADR.

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  • Edmonton Journal ran an article headlined "Volcano exposes mankind's limits," arguing that Eyjafjallajökull's "belch" has exposed the "striking incapacity of human beings, however smugly sophisticated, to either predict such phenomena or do much about them."

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  • Edmonton Journal ran an article headlined "Volcano exposes mankind's limits," arguing that Eyjafjallajökull's "belch" has exposed the "striking incapacity of human beings, however smugly sophisticated, to either predict such phenomena or do much about them."

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  • He describes it as a burning sensation at the back of his throat and only subsides when he manages to 'belch'.

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  • He took a long swig of soda, let out a belch, and looked down at the box next to him.

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  • I download another Bud Lite from the beer bong and belch in her hippie face.

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