Origin of potbelly

First recorded in 1705–15; pot1 + belly
Related formspot·bel·lied, adjective
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noun plural -lies
  1. a protruding or distended belly
  2. a person having such a belly
  3. US and Canadian a small bulbous stove in which wood or coal is burned
Derived Formspotbellied, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pot-belly

1714, from pot (n.1) + belly (n.). Pot-belly stove, so called for its shape, attested from 1943.

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pot-belly in Medicine


  1. A protruding abdominal region.
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