belch

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Etymology[edit]

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

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belch (third-person singular simple present belches, present participle belching, simple past and past participle belched)

  1. To expel gas loudly from the stomach through the mouth.
    • My father used to belch after having a fine meal.
  2. To issue with spasmodic force or noise.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I belched a hurricane of wind.
    • Milton
      Within the gates that now / Stood open wide, belching outrageous flame.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  3. To send out large amounts of (usually smoke or flames).
    Yes, we have seen the wrecked cars and the factories belching smoke and the blur of speedy automobiles crowding highways.

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belch (plural belches)

  1. The sound one makes when belching.
  2. (obsolete) malt liquor
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dennis to this entry?)

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A belch is often considered to be louder than a burp.

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