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ˈstʌm əkstom·ach

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stomach, tummy, tum, breadbasketnoun

    an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion

  2. abdomen, venter, stomach, bellynoun

    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis

  3. stomachnoun

    an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness

    "he had no stomach for a fight"

  4. stomachverb

    an appetite for food

    "exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner"

  5. stomachverb

    bear to eat

    "He cannot stomach raw fish"

  6. digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put upverb

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"


  1. stomachnoun

    An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.

  2. stomachnoun

    The belly.

  3. stomachnoun

    Pride, haughtiness.

  4. stomachnoun


  5. stomachnoun

    Desire, appetite (for something abstract).

    I have no stomach for a fight today.

  6. stomachverb

    To be able to tolerate (something), emotionally, physically, or mentally; to be able to stand or handle something.

  7. Etymology: From stomak, from estomac, from stomachus, from στόμαχος, from στόμα. Displaced native Middle English mawe (from Old English maga), Middle English bouk (from Old English buc, see bucket).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STOMACHnoun

    Etymology: estomach, French; stomachus, Latin.

    If you’re sick at sea,
    Or stomach qualm’d at land, a dram of this
    Will drive away distempter. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    This filthy simile, this beastly line,
    Quite turns my stomach. Alexander Pope.

    Tell me, what is’t that takes from thee
    Thy stomach, pleasure, and thy golden sleep? William Shakespeare.

    Will fortune never come with both hands full,
    But write her fair words still in foulest letters?
    She either gives a stomach, and no food,
    Such are the poor in health; or else a feast,
    And takes away the stomach; such the rich,
    That have abundance and enjoy it not. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    As appetite or stomach to meat is a sign of health in the body, so is this hunger in the soul a vital quality, an evidence of some life of grace in the heart; whereas decay of appetite, and the no manner of stomach, is a most desperate prognostick. Henry Hammond.

    He which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The unusual distance of time made it subject to every man’s note, that it was an act against his stomach, and put upon him by necessity of state. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The very trade went against his stomach. Roger L'Estrange.

    Disdain he called was, and did disdain
    To be so call’d, and who so did him call:
    Stern was his look, and full of stomach vain,
    His portance terrible, and stature tall. Fairy Queen.

    Is’t near dinner-time? ———— I would it were,
    That you might kill your stomach on your meat,
    And not upon your maid. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Verona.

    Instead of trumpet and of drum,
    That makes the warrior’s stomach come. Samuel Butler.

    Some of the chiefest laity professed with greater stomach their judgments, that such a discipline was little better than popish tyranny disguised under a new form. Richard Hooker.

    Arius, a subtile witted and a marvellous fair-spoken man, was discontented that one should be placed before him in honour, whose superior he thought himself in desert, because through envy and stomach prone unto contradiction. Richard Hooker.

    They plainly saw, that when stomach doth strive with wit, the match is not equal. Richard Hooker.

    Whereby the ape in wond’rous stomach wox,
    Strongly encouraged by the crafty fox. Hubberd’s Tale.

    That nobles should such stomachs bear!
    I myself fight not once in forty year. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    It stuck in the camel’s stomach, that bulls should be armed with horns, and that a creature of his size should be left defenceless. Roger L'Estrange.

    Not courage but stomach that makes people break rather than they will bend. Roger L'Estrange.

    This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy, and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent. John Locke.

    He was a man
    Of an unbounded stomach ever ranking
    Himself with princes. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

  2. To Stomachverb

    To resent; to remember with anger and malignity.

    Etymology: stomachor, Latin.

    Believe not all; or, if you must believe,
    Stomach not all. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Jonathan loved David, and the people applauded him; only Saul stomached him, and therefore hated him. Joseph Hall, Contempl.

    The lion began to shew his teeth, and to stomach the affront. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.

  3. To Stomachverb

    To be angry.

    Let a man, though never so justly, oppose himself unto those that are disordered in their ways, and what one amongst them commonly doth not stomach at such contradiction, storm at reproof, and hate such as would reform them? Richard Hooker.


  1. Stomach

    The stomach is a muscular, hollow organ in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and many other animals, including several invertebrates. The stomach has a dilated structure and functions as a vital organ in the digestive system. The stomach is involved in the gastric phase of digestion, following chewing. It performs a chemical breakdown by means of enzymes and hydrochloric acid. In humans and many other animals, the stomach is located between the oesophagus and the small intestine. The stomach secretes digestive enzymes and gastric acid to aid in food digestion. The pyloric sphincter controls the passage of partially digested food (chyme) from the stomach into the duodenum, where peristalsis takes over to move this through the rest of intestines.


  1. stomach

    The stomach is a muscular organ located in the upper abdomen, part of the digestive system, responsible for processing and breaking down food by secreting gastric acids and enzymes. It also plays a crucial role in digestion by mixing and churning the food, turning it into a semi-liquid state known as chyme, which is then passed to the small intestine for further digestion and nutrient absorption.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stomachnoun

    an enlargement, or series of enlargements, in the anterior part of the alimentary canal, in which food is digested; any cavity in which digestion takes place in an animal; a digestive cavity. See Digestion, and Gastric juice, under Gastric

  2. Stomachnoun

    the desire for food caused by hunger; appetite; as, a good stomach for roast beef

  3. Stomachnoun

    hence appetite in general; inclination; desire

  4. Stomachnoun

    violence of temper; anger; sullenness; resentment; willful obstinacy; stubbornness

  5. Stomachnoun

    pride; haughtiness; arrogance

  6. Stomachverb

    to resent; to remember with anger; to dislike

  7. Stomachverb

    to bear without repugnance; to brook

  8. Stomachverb

    to be angry

  9. Etymology: [OE. stomak, F. estomac, L. stomachus, fr. Gr. sto`machos stomach, throat, gullet, fr. sto`ma a mouth, any outlet or entrance.]


  1. Stomach

    The stomach is a muscular, hollow, dilated part of the digestion system which functions as an important organ of the digestive tract in some animals, including vertebrates, echinoderms, insects, and molluscs. It is involved in the second phase of digestion, following mastication. The stomach is located between the esophagus and the small intestine. It secretes protein-digesting enzymes called protease and strong acids to aid in food digestion, through smooth muscular contortions before sending partially digested food to the small intestines. The word stomach is derived from the Latin stomachus which is derived from the Greek word stomachos, ultimately from stoma, "mouth". The words gastro- and gastric are both derived from the Greek word gaster.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stomach

    stum′ak, n. the strong muscular bag into which the food passes when swallowed, and where it is principally digested: the cavity in any animal for the digestion of its food: appetite, relish for food, inclination generally: disposition, spirit, courage, pride, spleen.—v.t. to brook or put up with: to turn the stomach of: to resent.—adj. Stom′achal.—ns. Stom′acher, a part of the dress covering the front of the body, generally forming the lower part of the bodice in front, sometimes richly ornamented: a large brooch; Stomach′ic, a medicine for the stomach.—adjs. Stomach′ic, -al, pertaining to the stomach: strengthening or promoting the action of the stomach; Stom′achous (Spens.), angry, stout, obstinate.—ns. Stom′ach-pump, a syringe with a flexible tube for withdrawing fluids from the stomach, or injecting them into it; Stom′ach-stag′gers, a disease in horses due to a paralytic affection of the stomach. [O. Fr. estomac—L. stomachus—Gr. stomachos, the throat, stomach—stoma, a mouth.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Stomach

    An organ of digestion situated in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen between the termination of the ESOPHAGUS and the beginning of the DUODENUM.

Editors Contribution

  1. stomach

    An organ of the body of a human being or animal.

    The stomach is a facet of the body of an animal or human being.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  


  1. Stomach

    that portion of the alimentary canal, immediately following the gizzard and preceding the ileum, into which most of the digestive juices are poured = chylific ventricle.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stomach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3353

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stomach' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3368

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stomach' in Nouns Frequency: #1350

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stomach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stomach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of stomach in a Sentence

  1. William Tong:

    It makes you sick to your stomach, it's sickening that people who are so close to this disaster were so callous.

  2. Marshall Gause:

    It doesn't surprise us at all, if you're looking for growth, small- to mid-caps may be the place to go if you can stomach the volatility.

  3. Vera Volnikh:

    When we examined her stomach, small, intestine and large intestine, all of them were empty, there was no fat tissue on this baby.

  4. Henry Bromel:

    It's important to begin a search on a full stomach.

  5. Steve Ball:

    Physiologically speaking, it is not dangerous to exercise on an empty stomach.

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