Belly vs Intestine - What's the difference?

belly | intestine |

As nouns the difference between belly and intestine

is that belly is the abdomen while intestine is (anatomy|often pluralized) the alimentary canal of an animal through which food passes after having passed all stomachs.

As a verb belly

is to position one's belly.

As an adjective intestine is

domestic; taking place within a given country or region.




  • 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) , as Etymology 2, below.


    (en noun)
  • (anatomy, often pluralized) The alimentary canal of an animal through which food passes after having passed all stomachs.
  • One of certain subdivisions of this part of the alimentary canal, such as the small or large intestine in human beings.
  • Synonyms
    * bowel * gut * tharm
    Derived terms
    * intestinal * gastrointestinal * large intestine * small intestine
    See also
    * entrail * innard * colon

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • Domestic; taking place within a given country or region.
  • * 1615 , Ralph Hamor, A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia , Richmond 1957, p.2:
  • It being true that now after fiue yeeres intestine warre with the reuengefull implacable Indians, a firme peace (not againe easily to be broken) hath bin lately concluded.
  • * 1776 , (Edward Gibbon), The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , ch.1,
  • Yet the success of Trajan, however transient, was rapid and specious. The degenerate Parthians, broken by intestine discord, fled before his arms.
  • (obsolete) Internal.
  • * , I.41:
  • When you have alleaged all the reasons you can, and beleeved all to disavow and reject her, she produceth, contrarie to your discourses, so intestine inclination, that you have small hold against her.
  • * Milton
  • Hoping here to end / Intestine war in heaven, the arch foe subdued.
  • * Hume
  • an intestine strugglebetween authority and liberty
  • (obsolete, rare) Depending upon the internal constitution of a body or entity; subjective.
  • * Cudworth
  • Everything labours under an intestine necessity.
  • (obsolete, rare) Shut up; enclosed.
  • (Cowper)