- The definition of a stomach is the part of the body that stores and digests food.
An example of a stomach is the midsection of a cow.
- To stomach is defined as to bear or deal with something.
An example of to stomach is to constantly put up with listening to complainers.
- the large, saclike organ of vertebrates into which food passes from the esophagus or gullet for storage while undergoing the early processes of digestion
- any of the separate sections of such a digestive organ, as in ruminants, or all these sections collectively
- any enlarged storage portion of the digestive cavity, as in invertebrates
- the abdomen, or belly
- appetite for food
- desire or inclination of any kind
- an ability to tolerate or endure something: a strong stomach for violent movies
- Archaic character or disposition
Origin of stomachMiddle English stomak from Old French estomac from Classical Latin stomachus, gullet, esophagus, stomach from Classical Greek stomachos, throat, gullet from stoma, mouth: see stoma
- to be able to eat or digest
- to tolerate; bear; endure
- Obs. to resent
on a full (or an empty) stomach
- a. The enlarged, saclike portion of the digestive tract, one of the principal organs of digestion, located in vertebrates between the esophagus and the small intestine.b. A similar digestive structure of many invertebrates.c. Any of the four compartments into which the stomach of a ruminant is divided.
- The abdomen or belly.
- An appetite for food.
- A desire or inclination, especially for something difficult or unpleasant: had no stomach for quarrels.
- Courage; spirit.
- Obsolete Pride.
transitive verbstom·ached, stom·ach·ing, stom·achs
- To bear; tolerate.
- Obsolete To resent.
Origin of stomachMiddle English from Old French stomaque, estomac from Latin stomachus from Greek stomakhos gullet from stoma mouth
cutaway of an adult human stomach
- An organ in animals that stores food in the process of digestion.
- (informal) The belly.
- He was a man / Of an unbounded stomach.
- John Locke
- This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy, and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent.
- a good stomach for roast beef
- (figuratively) Desire, appetite (for something abstract).
- I have no stomach for a fight today.
(third-person singular simple present stomachs, present participle stomaching, simple past and past participle stomached)
- To tolerate (something), emotionally, physically, or mentally; to stand or handle something.
- I really can't stomach jobs involving that much paperwork, but some people seem to tolerate them.
- I can't stomach her cooking.
- The Parliament sit in that body [...] to be his counsellors and dictators, though he stomach it.
From Middle English stomak, from Old French estomac, from Latin stomachus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÎ¼Î±Ï‡Î¿Ï‚ (stomakhos), from ÏƒÏ„ÏŒÎ¼Î± (stoma, “mouth"). Displaced native Middle English mawe (“stomach, maw") (from Old English maga), Middle English bouk, buc (“belly, stomach") (from Old English buc (“belly, stomach"), see bucket).