pot·​bel·​lied | \ ˈpät-ˌbe-lēd How to pronounce potbellied (audio) \

Definition of potbellied

: having a potbelly

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Examples of potbellied in a Sentence

an old, potbellied cat that now needs a ramp just to get on the sofa
Recent Examples on the Web And Piggie also has helped Dib’s two potbellied pigs Martin and Matilda become more social around people, all while making himself at home at Dib’s 20-acre compound that also houses several horses, dogs and a llama. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Feral hogs cause more than $1.5 billion in damage each year, but the most hated animals in Texas have their charms," 5 Jan. 2021 With proper care, most potbellied pigs have few health problems. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, "They're smart, clean and snuggly: Try a potbellied pig as your next pet," 29 Oct. 2020 The Monte Alto culture is known in particular for their sculptures, which include the potbellied figures as well as giant heads that resemble sculptures of the Olmec civilization, which predates and coincides with Monte Alto. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism," 6 Aug. 2019 Instead, the potbellied sculptures may represent the dead due to their swollen proportions, possibly created to honor ancestors and former community members. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism," 6 Aug. 2019 Since no one knows what God looks like, the Hindu is free to imagine God as a woman with eight arms riding a tiger; as a potbellied man with an elephant’s head; or as a muscular figure with a monkey’s head and tail. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 No Teddy or Ernest, but plenty of late-middle-aged, potbellied fishermen there for a hearty breakfast. Heather Radke, Longreads, "A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing With Your Father," 16 June 2018 In the far corner, among the anti-pot activists, sat Bill McManus, a potbellied man with a slight drawl whose white moustache is stained yellow-brown by tobacco smoke. Johnny Magdaleno, Newsweek, "Mexican Drug Cartels May Use Legal Marijuana to Increase Their Presence in Northern California," 10 Jan. 2018 So, in addition to cats and dogs, their menagerie has included a pigeon, a goat, a potbellied big, a monitor lizard and other animals that end up as household pets. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Summer a hot time for pet owners to 'clean house' of their cats and dogs," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of potbellied

1657, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Potbellied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potbellied. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of potbellied

: having a large, round stomach that sticks out


pot·​bel·​lied | \ ˈpät-ˌbel-ēd How to pronounce potbellied (audio) \

Medical Definition of potbellied

: having a potbelly

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