When the stomach makes a sound like croaking of a frog or similar to it (mine just did, it's trying to speak to me), that alert when you are hungry, is there a name for it?

I mean the name for this very sound?


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Yes, there is a term for that in English. It's called a growl:

Why is my stomach growling, but I'm not hungry?

I can hear my stomach growling. I'm gonna go grab a bite.

There are actually a number of terms in English that are used to describe abdominal sounds (sometimes called bowel sounds) among which are words like gurgle, grumble, rumble et cetera, but growl is by far the most common. Here's another example straight from Oxford English Living Dictionaries (OELD):

My stomach gurgled.

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    Yep. A gurgle, a growl, a meow, etc. That's how you can refer to an instance of uttering a sound of any kind. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:00
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    If you want to be really fancy, you can call it a borborygmus.
    – Lars Mekes
    Jan 12, 2018 at 7:01
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    borborygmus seems like an appropriate answer on English Language & Usage (where odd trivia is more relevant), but here I think it's more useful to focus on the common rather than scientific terms - I certainly have never heard that word, as a native speaker!
    – Soron
    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:54
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    @Mari-LouA However if you use "stomach" instead of "tummy" you get the complete reverse (and not to mention that "stomach growled" completely overshadows any "tummy" use). The exact phrasing makes a large difference in this case, regarding what's more common - it's a lot harder to pinpoint what a good suggested use is.
    – user68033
    Jan 12, 2018 at 11:57
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    There's probably quite a bit of regional variation - as a UK speaker, I'd use "rumble" by default, and the other terms ("gurgle", "growl", etc) when I had a more specific nuance to convey. Jan 12, 2018 at 12:08

In medical speak, they use a delightful little word called borborygmi, which is the rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines. That said, it would be unlikely to be used in casual conversation.

Personally, I would say:

My stomach is rumbling

Or even

My stomach is talking


In addition to a stomach growl, it can be also referred as a stomach moan. Or it could be a stomach drone.

(Droning is making a deep, low-pitched humming noise, discontinuously.)


In my locale of southern England, the term is "my stomach is rumbling".

Other locales use different terms.

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