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

Definition of potbelly

1 : an enlarged, swollen, or protruding abdomen

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

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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, "'These pigs were here to love people': Woman says 2 of her therapy pigs were beaten to death," 8 June 2019 The spare interior has a potbelly stove and an ice box that requires ice. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Ballard rail engineer adds this vintage caboose to his collection," 6 Oct. 2018 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 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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