pot·​bel·​ly | \ ˈpät-ˌbe-lē How to pronounce potbelly (audio) \

Definition of potbelly

1 : an enlarged, swollen, or protruding abdomen

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
Recent Examples on the Web Ethel Rae Stewart Smith, who taught two dozen black children in that schoolhouse, had run out of coal for the potbelly stove. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2020 Every room in the original house had a potbelly stove, so every room has a chimney. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Nov. 2019 Bale also lost weight — and won an Academy Award — for his role as a heroin addict in 2010’s The Fighter, before adding a potbelly for 2013’s American Hustle. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 8 Nov. 2019 That can also mean taking in and caring for a potbelly pig or small farm animal. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, 18 Oct. 2019 Related Stories Not all of the potbellies are magnetized. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019 There are many questions about the Monte Alto people, including what their potbelly statues represent. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019 Because of that emphasis, the study rests on examining the magnetism of 11 potbellies currently located in La Democracia, Guatemala. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2019 All three potbellies worked as therapy pigs, traveling around to provide emotional support to people in need, according to Howell. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, 8 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of potbelly

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Potbelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potbelly. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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pot·​bel·​ly | \ ˈpät-ˌbel-ē How to pronounce potbelly (audio) \
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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