Definition of


  1. (noun, body) (anatomy) a muscular partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities; functions in respiration
  2. (noun, body) the middle area of the human torso (usually in front)

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Synonyms of Midriff

diaphragm, middle, midsection

Alternate forms of Midriff

Hypernyms: area, membrane, muscle system, muscular structure, musculature, region, tissue layer

Origin of the word Midriff

  1. O.E. midhrif, from mid "mid" + hrif "belly," from P.Gmc. *hrefiz- (cf. O.H.G. href, O.Fris. hrif "belly"), from PIE *kwrep- "body, form, appearance" (see corporeal). More or less obsolete after 18c. except in phrase to tickle (one's) midriff "to cause laughter," the word revived 1941 in fashion usage for "portion of a woma… more

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Words that sound like Midriff

mantrap, metrify, midrib, monotropa, monterey bay, mouth harp

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