Is it Rude to Burp at the Table?

We all do it from time to time, even if it is only on rare occasions (or on accident).

If you eat, and drink, at some point in time, you are going to burp.

But, what about at the table… is it rude to burp at the table? 

Read on below and explore the full and in-depth answer to this question!

Is it Rude to Burp at the Table?

Burping at the table is sometimes unavoidable, and isn’t as often considered genuinely rude as it is considered poor taste or an immature action.

The fact of the matter is everyone burps sometimes. It is only common sense that some of the main times that we end up burping is while we are still setting at the table, possibly while still eating.

As the old saying goes, though, “better in than out”, as well as when you burp at the table you are simply “making room for more food”.

How Rude Is it?


On the rude meter’s scale of 1 to 10, burping at the table rates 3

The truth is that burping at the table isn’t so much rude as it can be an interruption or distraction.

For example, if there is a lively conversation going on around the table, and you let off with a loud burp, it may even cause some of your company to temporarily pause their convo.

If your burp is seriously loud, or long, it may even jar the thoughts right out of people’s heads.

Why isn’t it Rude?

The bottom line about burping at the table, and why it isn’t actually rude, is that belching, especially when eating and drinking, is a natural thing.

No one who ingests food and liquids into their body can avoid burping forever.

Further, most people won’t mind hearing someone burp at the table, so long as they don’t purposefully prolong it or make it louder than necessary.

Common Questions

Is burping bad table manners?

Burping at the table isn’t often smiled upon, but it won’t get you exiled from the table or banned from future gatherings either. 

In most situations where you find yourself unable to hold a burp in at the table, your guests (or hosts), will forgive you almost immediately (if they even hold it against you, to begin with).

Do Americans think burping is rude?

Americans, in general, find burping as rude as people from other countries around the world. 

However, Americans also love to eat (and drink soda), possibly a bit more so than in other large nations.

Burping and consuming large amounts of food and beverages go hand in hand. In other words, Americans do their fair share of burping compared to other people.

Why do people find burping rude?

Most people who find burping rude are raised in polite and proper environments, by parents or guardians that teach them correct etiquette and good manners. 

By virtue, burping in front of others is rude, as is farting. If you want to burp, and not be seen as rude, excuse yourself from the presence of others.