[ pot-bel-ee ]
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noun,plural pot·bel·lies.
  1. a distended or protuberant belly.

Origin of potbelly

First recorded in 1705–15; pot1 + belly

Other words from potbelly

  • potbellied, adjective

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How to use potbelly in a sentence

  • Ventrosity, ven-tros′i-ti, n. the state of having a pot-belly.

  • I remembered his great pot belly, his flabby skin, his whisky-sodden face.

    Gossamer | George A. Birmingham
  • Instead, he was about forty, balding, with a little pot-belly and thinning hair.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • He had an English accent, and a little pot-belly, and a big white bubble-jacket and a scarf wound round his throat.

    Makers | Cory Doctorow
  • She has the same pot-belly when she finishes rearing her young as when she began.

    The Life of the Spider | J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for potbelly


/ (ˈpɒtˌbɛlɪ) /

nounplural -lies
  1. a protruding or distended belly

  2. a person having such a belly

  1. US and Canadian a small bulbous stove in which wood or coal is burned

Derived forms of potbelly

  • potbellied, adjective

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