bellywark

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From belly +‎ wark (pain).

Noun[edit]

bellywark (plural bellywarks)

  1. (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[1]:
      wish I could eat the darn stuff - gives me bellywarks !!
    • 2013, Gilman, Greer, Cloud & Ashes, ISBN 9781618730145, page 173:
      "Cuddy's getten bellywark. Green imbers, he's etten."
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:bellywark.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Yorkshire, games) A shot in marbles made with the taw held against the belly.

Adjective[edit]

bellywark (comparative more bellywark, superlative most bellywark)

  1. Profitless; useless.
    a belly-wark trade

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