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 The nature retreat most recently added a family of potbellied pigs, including two babies, found stranded on the side of the road near the Loveland Reservoir, and a group of five Lamancha goats, a breed known for its very small ears. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 Two organizations are trying to help a pair of potbellied pigs and three horses after Cook County Animal and Rabies Control rescued them Thursday morning from a farm near Sauk Village. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 10 Dec. 2021 Not content with solely housing cats and dogs, the organization is also home to a plethora of other domestic creatures ranging from rabbits to parrots to potbellied pigs. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Working behind a partition inside a Scaled Composites hangar in Mojave, Rutan and his team built a potbellied, high-winged, twenty-eight-foot-long plane, with three seats, simple controls, and a rocket in the rear. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 Hang him in a museum—the barman was a potbellied portrait of hear no evil. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 But, catching a glimpse of potbellied Kirpal in his wheelchair, Hwee Bin softened. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 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, 5 Jan. 2021 With proper care, most potbellied pigs have few health problems. Traci Howerton, NOLA.com, 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of potbellied

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potbellied was in 1657

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14 Dec 2021

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“Potbellied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potbellied. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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