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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Stomach


STOMACH, noun [Latin]

1. In animal bodies, a membranous receptacle, the organ of digestion, in which food is prepared for entering into the several parts of the body for its nourishment.

2. Appetite; the desire of food caused by hunger; as a good stomach for roast beef. [A popular use of the word.]

3. Inclination; liking.

He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart--

4. Anger; violence of temper.

Stern was his look, and full of stomach vain.

5. Sullenness; resentment; willful obstinacy; stubbornness.

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

6. Pride; haughtiness.

He was a man of an unbounded stomach ever ranking himself with princes.

[Note. This word in all the foregoing senses, except the first, is nearly obsolete or inelegant.]

STOMACH, verb transitive [Latin]

1. To resent; to remember with anger.

The lion began to show his teeth, and to stomach the affront.

This sense is not used in America, as far as my observation extends. In America, at least in New England, the sense is,

2. To brook; to bear without open resentment or without opposition. [Not elegant.]

STOMACH, verb intransitive To be angry. [Not in use.]