bellyful

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bellyful an undesirable overabundance "a bellyful of your complaints"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bellyful As much as satisfies the appetite. Hence: A great abundance; more than enough. "King James told his son that he would have his bellyful of parliamentary impeachments."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bellyful As much as fills the belly (stomach) or satisfies the appetite; hence, a great abundance; more than enough.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bellyful a sufficiency
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Quotations

  • Henry Miller
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    “Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bali, bely—A.S. bælig, belig; bælg, belg, bag.

Usage

In literature:

God wot I have had my bellyful of it since those days!
"The Well at the World's End" by William Morris
Aw know as weel as can be, for he allus taks some wrang-heeaded noation when he's baan to get a bellyful o' ale.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
Well, he's got his bellyful now of the salt water that he came so far to see.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
He is hungry: t' other has had his bellyful.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
And there is a parrot in a cage, chanting like a Brahman with a bellyful of curdled milk and rice.
"The Little Clay Cart" by (Attributed To) King Shudraka
A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
They've got a bellyful, I tell you.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
A bellyful of pain, that's all!
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Well, hop to it, Mr. Eells, and after you've got a bellyful perhaps you'll listen to reason.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
He'll throw more stunts than a small boy with a bellyful of green apples.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
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In poetry:

"All very fine," he said, "to wag your ears and parley,
And pretend you quite despise my bellyfuls of barley!
But with blows and with starving, and with labour over-hard,
By spurs! a week will see you in the knacker's yard."
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald
When she is by, I leave my work,
I love her so sincerely; My master comes like any Turk,
And bangs me most severely: But let him bang his bellyful,
I'll bear it all for Sally; She is the darling of my heart,
And she lives in our alley.
"Sally In Our Alley" by Henry Carey

In news:

Fun and Games Get a Bellyful at M.L.
Joining the Laysan albatross as icons of ocean plastic pollution are sea turtles, which consume bellyfuls of debris while swimming through Earth's five great ocean garbage patches.
Modern troubadour and Fairport Convention founding member Richard Thompson performs a bellyful of unusual songs, both widely known mega-pop-hits and obscure work-songs on his latest release, "1000 Years of Popular Music ".
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