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Stomach (with mucosal surface partly exposed)

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From Middle English stomak, from Old French estomac, from Latin stomachus, from Ancient Greek στόμαχος (stómakhos), from στόμα (stóma, mouth).

Displaced native Middle English bouk, buc (belly, stomach) from Old English būc (belly, stomach); largely displaced Middle English mawe, maghe, maȝe (stomach, maw) from Old English maga (stomach, maw). More at bucket and maw.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstʌmək/
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stomach (countable and uncountable, plural stomachs)

  1. An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.
  2. (informal) The belly.
    Synonyms: belly, abdomen, tummy, bouk (obsolete), gut, guts, maw (archaic)
  3. (uncountable, obsolete) Pride, haughtiness.
  4. (obsolete) Appetite.
    a good stomach for roast beef
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, I. ii. 50:
      You come not home because you have no stomach. / You have no stomach, having broke your fast.
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 920-922,[1]
      HOST. How say you sir, doo you please to sit downe?
      EUMENIDES. Hostes I thanke you, I haue no great stomack.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , II.ii.1.2:
      If after seven hours' tarrying he shall have no stomach, let him defer his meal, or eat very little at his ordinary time of repast.
  5. (figuratively) Desire, appetite (for something abstract).
    I have no stomach for a fight today.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii], page 86, column 2:
      That he which hath no ſtomack to this fight, / Let him depart, his Paſport ſhall be made,
    • 2020 May 4, Lauren Morris, quoting Charlie Brooker, “Charlie Brooker gives Black Mirror season 6 update”, in Radio Times[2]:
      At the moment, I don’t know what stomach there would be for stories about societies falling apart, so I’m not working away on one of those.

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stomach (third-person singular simple present stomachs, present participle stomaching, simple past and past participle stomached)

  1. (transitive) To tolerate (something), emotionally, physically, or mentally; to stand or handle something.
    I really can’t stomach jobs involving that much paperwork, but some people seem to tolerate them.
    I can't stomach her cooking.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To be angry.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To turn the stomach of; to sicken or repel.


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  1. Alternative form of stomak