The stomach is the organ of your body — kind of a big sac — that digests food. We also say people have a stomach for something unpleasant when they can handle it.

Without a stomach, you'd be in trouble: that's where your food gets digested and turned into useful material your body can use for energy. If you ever got punched in the stomach or had a stomach ache, it can hurt a lot. Also, stomach can mean having a hunger, or at least tolerance, for something. If you can't stomach watching football, then you can't stand watching it. If you have a stomach for something, you can swallow it.

Definitions of stomach

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

breadbasket, tum, tummy
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craw, crop
a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food
first stomach, rumen
the first compartment of the stomach of a ruminant; here food is collected and returned to the mouth as cud for chewing
reticulum, second stomach
the second compartment of the stomach of a ruminant
omasum, psalterium, third stomach
the third compartment of the stomach of a ruminant
abomasum, fourth stomach
the fourth compartment of the stomach of a ruminant; the one where digestion takes place
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internal organ, viscus
a main organ that is situated inside the body

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

abdomen, belly, venter
underbelly, underbody
the soft belly or underside of an animal's body
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body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity

n an appetite for food

“exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner”
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appetence, appetency, appetite
a feeling of craving something

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

“he had no stomach for a fight”
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that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

v put up with something or somebody unpleasant

abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, suffer, support, tolerate
experience (emotional) pain
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accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
hold still for, stand for
tolerate or bear
bear up
endure cheerfully
take lying down
suffer without protest; suffer or endure passively
take a joke
listen to a joke at one's own expense
sit out
endure to the end
bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
get one's lumps, take one's lumps
suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions
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allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v bear to eat

“He cannot stomach raw fish”
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convert food into absorbable substances

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