British English Slang – Belly

Meaning – Stomach. The front part of the body between your chest and your legs.

Here is a selection of different types of belly:

  • Beer belly – A large protruding belly that is the result of frequently drinking a lot of beer.
  • Delhi belly – An old fashioned term for a bad stomach caused by visiting an unfamiliar place.
  • Pot belly – A large belly, similar to a beer belly.
  • Yellow bellyIdiom – A coward.

You should also be familiar with the following expressions that feature bellies:

  • Belly button – Another way of referring to your naval.
  • Belly dance – A type of solo dance performed by a woman with her stomach exposed. Check out an example of a belly dance on YouTube.
  • Belly flop – A dive into water when you land on your front – which can be very painful!
  • Belly laugh – A deep, hearty laugh.
  • To go belly upIdiom – To go bankrupt or to fail.


  • “You need to go on a diet. You have a massive belly!”