stomach Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal; the principal organ of digestion
    tummy; tum; breadbasket.
  2. noun the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    venter; abdomen; belly.
  3. noun an inclination or liking for things involving conflict or difficulty or unpleasantness
    • he had no stomach for a fight
  4. noun an appetite for food
    • exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner
  5. verb bear to eat
    • He cannot stomach raw fish
  6. verb put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    brook; support; put up; tolerate; bear; abide; endure; stick out; suffer; digest; stand.
    • 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


Stom"ach noun
OE. stomak, F. estomac, L. stomachus, fr. Gr. sto`machos stomach, throat, gullet, fr. sto`ma a mouth, any outlet or entrance.
  1. (Anat.) 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. The desire for food caused by hunger; appetite; as, a good stomach for roast beef. Shak.
  3. Hence appetite in general; inclination; desire.
    He which hath no stomach to this fight, Let him depart. Shak.
  4. Violence of temper; anger; sullenness; resentment; willful obstinacy; stubbornness. Obs.
    Stern was his look, and full of stomach vain. Spenser.
    This sort of crying proceeding from pride, obstinacy, and stomach, the will, where the fault lies, must be bent. Locke.
  5. Pride; haughtiness; arrogance. Obs.
    He was a man Of an unbounded stomach. Shak.
Stom"ach transitive verb
Cf. L. stomachari, v.t. & i., to be angry or vexed at a thing.
imperfect & past participle Stomached ; present participle & verbal noun Stomaching
  1. To resent; to remember with anger; to dislike. Shak.
    The lion began to show his teeth, and to stomach the affront. L'Estrange.
    The Parliament sit in that body . . . to be his counselors and dictators, though he stomach it. Milton.
  2. To bear without repugnance; to brook. Colloq.
Stom"ach intransitive verb
  1. To be angry. Obs. Hooker.

Webster 1913