pot·​bel·​lied ˈpät-ˌbe-lēd How to pronounce potbellied (audio)
: having a potbelly

Example Sentences

an old, potbellied cat that now needs a ramp just to get on the sofa
Recent Examples on the Web In one, the siblings trim a Christmas tree with doll-size versions of Madani’s bearded, potbellied men. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The Delaware Department of Agriculture is encouraging people who own potbellied pigs as pets to spay or neuter them to prevent unintended litters. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 In a recent experiment, Pedersen and her colleagues put 27 potbellied volunteers on a 12-week exercise-bike program, while 26 other volunteers remained inactive. Bob Holmes, Discover Magazine, 26 Dec. 2019 Outside this church upon a mosque upon a church, a potbellied Arab sat on the steps, conspicuously reciting his Quran. Aatish Taseer Richard Mosse, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Other attractions include a catch-and-release fishing pond, winding mazes, and a petting zoo featuring potbellied pigs Big Mama and Elmer. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 Daybell was a jowly, potbellied man with an awkward, quiet demeanor, who gave off the air of a person who was deeply unsure of himself. Leah Sottile, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 Other pasta fun, in various shades: green stuffed pansotti, potbellied Ligurian dumplings with chard, ricotta, walnuts, brown butter, and fiddleheads; curly-wurly trottoli black with squid ink, with uni, leeks, and Calabrian chile. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 The building is two cells facing opposite ends with 4-inch thick wooden walls that were heated by potbellied stoves. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potbellied was in 1657

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“Potbellied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potbellied. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


pot·​bel·​lied ˈpät-ˌbel-ēd How to pronounce potbellied (audio)
: having a potbelly
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