verb (used without object)
- to eject gas spasmodically and noisily from the stomach through the mouth; eruct.
- to emit contents violently, as a gun, geyser, or volcano.
- to issue spasmodically; gush forth: Fire and smoke belched from the dragon’s mouth.
verb (used with object)
- to eject (gas or the like) spasmodically or violently; give forth: a chimney belching smoke.
- an instance of belching; eructation.
- a violent emittance of flame, smoke, gas, etc.
- (usually intr) to expel wind from the stomach noisily through the mouth; eructate
- to expel or be expelled forcefully from insidesmoke belching from factory chimneys
- to say (curses, insults, etc) violently or bitterly
- an act of belching; eructation
Old English bealcan “bring up wind from the stomach,” also “swell, heave,” of echoic origin (cf. Dutch balken “to bray, shout”). Extended to volcanoes, cannons, etc. 1570s. Related: Belched; belching. As a noun, recorded from 1510s. It is recorded in 1706 as a slang noun meaning “poor beer.”
- To expel stomach gas noisily through the mouth; burp.