beer belly


Definition of beer belly 

: a large, fat, protruding belly regarded as the result of a long habit of drinking large amounts of beer … a large, unkempt man whose florid polyester shirt clings sensuously to his cumbersome beer belly.— Robert Cantwell It is fat, or adipose tissue, that gives us our beer bellies and our love handles, our man boobs and our muffin tops.— Jo Whelan

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Other Words from beer belly

beer-bellied \ˈbir-​ˌbe-​lēd \ adjective
Beer-bellied, snaggletoothed, foul-mouthed …, he seemed every inch the cockney thug … — Hamish Bowles

Examples of beer belly in a Sentence

a middle-aged man with a big beer belly a former jock whose most impressive physical asset these days is his bloated beer belly

Recent Examples on the Web

Have a bit of a beer belly but still want to play a professional sport? Sophia Benoit, GQ, "Even if You Hate Baseball, You'll Love Baseball Dates," 26 Apr. 2018 Well let’s turn from the beer bellies to the eggheads. Jacob Feldman,, "Maybe ‘Dilly Dilly’ Is What America Needs in 2018," 2 Feb. 2018 Then everything catches up with you, including the beer belly. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "Miami Marathon and Half Marathon finish line stories | Miami Herald," 28 Jan. 2018 Buss, who sports a beer belly and a mohawk, is immensely popular among Cubs players. James Wagner, New York Times, "The Cubs’ Secret to Success? Group Hugs," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of beer belly

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of beer belly

: a fat belly caused by drinking a lot of beer

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