pot·bel·ly | \ˈpät-ˌbe-lē \

Definition of potbelly 

1 : an enlarged, swollen, or protruding abdomen

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Synonyms for potbelly


beer belly, belly, gut, paunch

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Examples of potbelly in a Sentence

a man with a potbelly he began exercising to get rid of his growing potbelly and to improve his health

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There were middle-aged men with jiggling potbellies and barrel chested rugby-player types with labored, heavy strides. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's unlikely ultramarathoner helps others cross the finish line," 6 July 2018 Still, frugality and stock-market investments allowed her to buy a small country home in Connecticut with a potbelly stove and a view of Lake Waramaug. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Mimi O’Hagan Devoted Her Retirement to Building Schools in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region," 8 June 2018 Step into Oysterville’s simple old church, where heat comes from a potbelly stove and the lighting is all by oil lamp. Brian J. Cantwell, Philly.com, "Aw, shucks: Oysterville offers a chance to come out of your shell," 26 Oct. 2017 And then each of the units had one single globe in the middle of the room and a potbelly stove in the middle. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Behind a WWII internment camp’s barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond. It endured when they both entered Congress.," 18 Aug. 2017 Suits idealize and triangulate the male torso, smoothing spare tires and hiding potbellies; dresses nip and tuck and create curves where there were none. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton: The New Man in a Skirt," 6 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of potbelly

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of potbelly was in 1696

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English Language Learners Definition of potbelly

: a large, round stomach that sticks out


pot·bel·ly | \ˈpät-ˌbel-ē \
plural potbellies

Medical Definition of potbelly 

: an enlarged, swollen, or protruding abdomen also : a condition characterized by such an abdomen that is symptomatic of disease or malnourishment

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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