tummy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Imitating a child's attempt to say stomach, via archaic colloquialism stummy.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtʌm.i/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌmi

Noun[edit]

tummy (plural tummies)

  1. (colloquial, often childish) Stomach or belly.
    Synonym: belly
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      "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, Warren Ellis; Nick Cave (lyrics), “Jubilee Street”, in 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
  2. (US, slang) Protruding belly, paunch.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:paunch

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Related terms[edit]

  • belly (referring to abdomen, not stomach)

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