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Jul 5, 2013
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bellygod

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bellygod

PRONUNCIATION:
(BEL-ee god)

MEANING:
noun: One who takes great pleasure in eating; a glutton.

ETYMOLOGY:
A bellygod is one who makes a god of his belly, i.e. a glutton. From Old English belig (bag) + god. Earliest documented use: 1540.

USAGE:
"Hudibras becomes the puritan bellygod par excellence:
   Our knight did bear no less a pack
   Of his own buttocks on his back."
Kristen Poole; Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton; Cambridge University Press; 2000.

"The figure of Hercules [rebuked] Comus the belly-god for his 'drunken orgies' and addiction to swinish pleasure."
Ian Donaldson; Ben Jonson: A Life; Oxford University Press; 2011.

See more usage examples of bellygod in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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