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) (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.
    Yes, we have seen the wrecked cars and the factories belching smoke and the blur of speedy automobiles crowding highways.
    • 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?)

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Noun[edit]

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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