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Imitating a child's attempt to say stomach, via archaic colloquialism stummy. Compare twee and pasghetti for similar phonetic reductions.





tummy (plural tummies)

  1. (colloquial, often childish) Stomach or belly.
    Synonym: belly
    • 1912, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World [], London, New York, N.Y.: Hodder and Stoughton, →OCLC:
      "So I broke away early this mornin', gave my guard a kick in the tummy that laid him out, and sprinted for the camp."
    • 2013, “Jubilee Street”, in Warren Ellis, Nick Cave (lyrics), Push the Sky Away, performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds:
      I got love in my tummy and a tiny little pain / And a ten ton catastrophe on a 60 pound chain
    • 2019 December 16, Chesca & J Hause, “The Lies”, in Litter Box Comics[1]:
      Oh man —pal! You didn't swallow that gum, did you?? It stays in your tummy for seven years and all the other bad stuff sticks to it and then a doctor has to cut it out with an axe!
  2. (US, slang) Protruding belly, paunch.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:paunch
  3. (informal) A woman's uterus, especially in reference to where a baby is carried.

Derived terms

  • belly (referring to abdomen, not stomach)