Middle vs Belly - What's the difference?

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Middle is a synonym of belly.

As nouns the difference between middle and belly

is that middle is a centre, midpoint while belly is the abdomen.

As an adjective middle

is located in the middle; in between.

As a verb belly is

to position one's belly.



Alternative forms

* myddle (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A centre, midpoint.
  • The part between the beginning and the end.
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  • (cricket) The middle stump.
  • The central part of a human body.
  • (grammar) The middle voice.
  • Synonyms

    * centre, center * midpoint * midst


  • Located in the middle; in between.
  • the middle point
    middle name, Middle English, Middle Ages
  • Central.
  • Pertaining to the middle voice.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * middle age * middle-aged * Middle Ages * middle child * middle class * Middle East * middleman * middle management * middle passage * middle path * middleware * middle way




  • The abdomen.
  • (Dunglison)
  • The stomach, especially a fat one.
  • The womb.
  • * Bible, Jer. i. 5
  • Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.
  • The lower fuselage of an airplane.
  • * 1994 , Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom , Abacus 2010, p. 454:
  • There was no heat, and we shivered in the belly of the plane.
  • The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part.
  • the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, or ship
  • * Bible, Jonah ii. 2
  • Out of the belly of hell cried I.
  • (architecture) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back.
  • Derived terms

    * beer belly * bellyache * belly button/belly-button * belly dance/belly-dance * belly dancer/belly-dancer * belly dancing * belly flop, bellyflop * bellyful * belly laugh/belly-laugh * bellyless * bellylike * belly of the beast * Delhi belly * fire in the belly * sawbelly * sharpbelly

    Usage notes

    * Formerly, all the splanchnic or visceral cavities were called bellies: the lower belly being the abdomen; the middle belly, the thorax; and the upper belly, the head.

    See also

    * have eyes bigger than one's belly * abdomen * bouk * stomach * tummy


  • To position one's belly.
  • To swell and become protuberant; to bulge.
  • * Dryden
  • The bellying canvas strutted with the gale.
  • To cause to swell out; to fill.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your breath of full consent bellied his sails.

    Derived terms

    * belly up