bel·​lied | \ ˈbe-lēd How to pronounce bellied (audio) \

Definition of bellied

: having a belly of a specified kind used in combination a big-bellied man

Examples of bellied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guston worked in the streaky, pale-bellied tones of an unhealthy white man’s skin, which is to say of his own. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, 24 May 2022 Some squirrel species — the yellow-bellied marmot, for example — have been found to benefit from being less social. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 At times the clouds seemed swollen and dark-bellied, as if laden with rain. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Hampden County: The area hosted a Barrow’s goldeneye on the Connecticut River in Chicopee, lingers included a gray catbird at Laughing Brook Sanctuary and a yellow-bellied sapsucker in Springfield., 29 Jan. 2022 Local observers reported black vultures in Milton and Canton, and two yellow-bellied sapsuckers at Hall’s Pond in Brookline in addition to one at Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon., 26 Feb. 2022 Marmots, a genus spanning 15 species of varying sociality — including alpine marmots living in multigenerational family groups, semi-social yellow-bellied marmots and ostensibly antisocial groundhogs — were a natural subject. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 In the meantime, as dancers take the stage as opulent flowers and full-bellied mice, Wedig-Johnston is ready just offstage – in her own costume of sorts. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 19 Dec. 2021 The affected species include black-bellied whistling ducks, blue-winged teal and a variety of egrets. NBC News, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bellied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bellied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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bel·​lied | \ ˈbe-lēd How to pronounce bellied (audio) \

Kids Definition of bellied

: having a belly of a certain kind a large-bellied man a round-bellied horse


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