Belly vs Helly - What's the difference?

belly | helly |

As a noun belly

is the abdomen.

As a verb belly

is to position one's belly.

As an adjective helly is

hellish, infernal.




  • 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




    (en adjective)
  • Hellish, infernal.
  • * 1603', Samuel Harsnet, ''A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures'', quoted in '''2013 in ''Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times (ISBN 0750952822):
  • These monster-swarms his Holiness and his helly crew have scraped and raked together out of old doting historiographers, wizardising augurs, imposturing soothsayers, dreaming poets, chimerical conceiters, and coiners of fables, .
  • * 1892 , Theodore Sydney Vaughn, Satan in Arms Against Columbus , page 138:
  • Then wavered all the rebel rings, And of a sudden, ere a single blow Was struck, precipitous they shrieking fled, And sought the portals of their Helly home.