Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
See also: belly-wark
- belly-wark, bellywaak, belly-waak (East Yorkshire), bellywahk, belly-wahk (East Yorkshire), bellywarch, belly-warch, bally-warche (Cheshire, Staffordshire), bellywartch, bally-wartch, belly-wartch (Lancashire), bellywerch, belly-werch (Lancashire), bellywork, belly-work (Cumbria, Lincolnshire)
bellywark (plural bellywarks)
- (Britain dialectal, Midlands and Northern England) A pain in the stomach; bellyache; colic; gripe.
1869, A. Lodge, Forty Years Ago, page 22:
- "Nay, nay," replied Charley, "I'm noen soea weel this morning, I've had th' bellywark vary bad, an' I'm feared it 'ell start again if I knock abaet, I'd rather ne quiet."
2011 December 7, Richard, “Re: Cafe Giardino”, in Hastings Forum:
- wish I could eat the darn stuff - gives me bellywarks !!
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:bellywark.
- (Britain dialectal, Yorkshire, games) A shot in marbles made with the taw held against the belly.