Belly vs Fat - What's the difference?

belly | fat |

As nouns the difference between belly and fat

is that belly is the abdomen while fat is .

As a verb belly

is to position one's belly.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • 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



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), from (etyl) . See (l).


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A large tub or vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a cistern.
  • * Bible, Joel ii. 24
  • The fats shall overflow with wine[, strong drink] and oil.
  • * 1882 , James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England , volume 4, page 429:
  • In 1431 New College purchases brewing vessels, under the names of a mash fat', for 6s. 10d., a wort ' fat for 2s., a 'Gilleding' tub for 2s. 6d., and two tunning barrels at 8d. each, a leaden boiler for 24s., another for 12s., and a great copper beer pot for 13s. 4d.
  • (obsolete) A dry measure, generally equal to nine bushels.
  • Synonyms
    * vat

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


  • Carrying more fat than usual on one's body; plump; not lean or thin.
  • :The fat man had trouble getting through the door.
  • :The fattest pig should yield the most meat.
  • Thick.
  • :The fat wallets of the men from the city brought joy to the peddlers.
  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought!Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat , fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • Bountiful.
  • Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; said of food.
  • (obsolete) Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid.
  • *(Ralph Waldo Emerson) (1803-1882)
  • *:making our western wits fat and mean
  • *(Bible), (w) vi. 10
  • *:Make the heart of this people fat .
  • Fertile; productive.
  • :a fat''' soil;  a '''fat pasture
  • Rich; producing a large income; desirable.
  • :a fat''' benefice;  a '''fat''' office;  a '''fat job
  • *(Thomas Carlyle) (1795-1881)
  • *:now parson of Troston, a fat living in Suffolk
  • Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate.
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:persons grown fat and wealthy by long impostures
  • (dated, printing) Of a character which enables the compositor to make large wages; said of matter containing blank, cuts, or many leads, etc.
  • :a fat''' take;  a '''fat page
  • Synonyms
    * (carrying a larger than normal amount of fat) chubby, chunky, corpulent, lardy (slang), obese, overweight, plump, porky (slang), rotund, tubby, well-fed; see also * (thick) thick * (bountiful) bountiful, prosperous
    * Of sense (carrying a larger than normal amount of fat) lean, skinny, slender, slim, thin
    Derived terms
    * (l), (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) *


  • (uncountable) A specialized animal tissue with a high oil content, used for long-term storage of energy.
  • (countable) A refined substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat.
  • That part of an organization deemed wasteful.
  • We need to trim the fat in this company
  • (slang) An erection.
  • "I saw Daniel crack a fat ."
  • (golf) A poorly played shot where the ball is struck by the top part of the club head. (see also thin, shank, toe)
  • The best or richest productions; the best part.
  • to live on the fat of the land
  • (dated, printing) Work containing much blank, or its equivalent, and therefore profitable to the compositor.
  • Synonyms
    * (animal tissue) adipose tissue, lard (in animals''; ''derogatory slang when used of human fat ) * (substance chemically resembling the oils in animal fat) grease, lard
    Derived terms
    * * fat camp * fat chance * fatten
    See also
    * ("fat" on Wikipedia)


  • (archaic) To make fat; to fatten.
  • kill the fatted calf
  • (archaic) To become fat; to fatten.
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