Originally from American English, of imitative origin.



burp (plural burps)

  1. (chiefly US, Philippines) A belch.
    Lennon let out a deep, proud burp after downing the beer.
    • 2011, David Foster Wallace, The Pale King, page 9:
      Sylvanshine would burp and it would seem like more than a burp; it would taste like he'd almost thrown up a little.

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  • A belch is generally considered to be louder than a burp.


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burp (third-person singular simple present burps, present participle burping, simple past and past participle burped)

  1. (intransitive) To emit a burp.
    Burping is considered impolite in most western cultures.
    My dad used to burp to hide the fact he was farting.
  2. (transitive) To utter by burping
    Stevie intends to burp the alphabet at the school talent show.
  3. (transitive) To cause someone (such as a baby) to burp.
  4. (transitive) To open (a container of fermenting substance) to allow the release of accumulated gas.
    • 2021, Alan Bergo, The Forager Chef's Book of Flora (page 45)
      Ferment the lemons for up to 2 weeks, opening the bag occasionally to burp it and release carbon dioxide, and reseal.

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