Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /ˈbeli/

Translation of belly in Spanish:

noun/nombre (plural -lies)

  • 1.1 (of person) vientre (masculine), barriga (feminine) [colloquial/familiar], panza (feminine) [colloquial/familiar], tripa (feminine) (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], guata (feminine) (Andes) [colloquial/familiar]; (of animal) panza (feminine), vientre (masculine) he's got a bit of a belly [colloquial/familiar] es un poco barrigón or panzón or (Andes) guatón [colloquial/familiar] to do a belly flop darse* un planchazo or un panzazo or (Andes) un guatazo [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • Now he puts the light sounds with something else remembered, with primrose, with laughter, and down through him a prickle runs and it seems to stop in his belly, below him.
    • Our little girl was wriggling around trying to get comfy while the sonographer bounced the ultrasound stick on my belly to try and get her to shift to a good position so we could see all four chambers of her heart.
    • He held his breath and swung his arms out, but a fist buried itself in his belly, emptying his lungs, and when he sucked in air, he knew he was in terrible trouble.
    Example sentences
    • Our bird had a brown belly, however, and I turned the page to Common Yellowthroat.
    • But the wily Ulysses had tied his men under the bellies of the animals.
    • The ventral or under side of the animal including the belly, is lighter in color than the dorsal or top side. They can have prominent hip stripes.
    1.2 (of stringed instrument) tabla (feminine) armónica or de armonía
    Example sentences
    • The lira type had a broad pear shape, with a wooden belly and usually three strings.
    • On the cello the distance from the top nut to the top edge of the belly is 28 cm, from the edge of the belly to the bridge 40 - 42 cm.
    • The bridge must be made of the proper grade of maple, properly cut with regard to the grain of the wood, and perfectly fitted to the belly of the cello.

Phrasal verbs

belly out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio hincharse 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento hinchar

belly up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[colloquial/familiar] to belly up (to sth) arrimarse (a algo)

Definition of belly in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cura
cure …
Cultural fact of the day

In Mexican politics, a prospective party candidate for the presidency is called a tapado. Candidates traditionally emerge from within the party but their identity is not revealed until the candidate is officially declared: they remain tapados (hidden), thus arousing a great deal of speculation. Under the rule of the PRI - Partido Revolucionario Institucional, its candidate was virtually guaranteed to become president.