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[pot-bel-ee] /ˈpɒtˌbɛl i/
noun, plural potbellies.
a distended or protuberant belly.
Origin of potbelly
1705-15; pot1 + belly
Related forms
potbellied, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for potbelly
  • He has a potbelly, wears a hearing aid, and shuffles uncertainly.
  • Inside each tent cabin is a potbelly stove that can be used to burn wood to heat the cabin.
  • The cabin is fitted with a full kitchen, including a potbelly stove and dishwasher.
  • But he chose a drastic method of staving off wrinkles, a potbelly, the whims of a fickle public.
  • They had no running water, no electricity, and used a potbelly stove for cooking and heating.
British Dictionary definitions for potbelly


noun (pl) -lies
a protruding or distended belly
a person having such a belly
(US & Canadian) a small bulbous stove in which wood or coal is burned
Derived Forms
potbellied, adjective
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potbelly in Medicine

potbelly pot·bel·ly (pŏt'běl'ē)
A protruding abdominal region.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for potbelly


  1. A protuberant belly; paunch; beer belly, pot
  2. A person with a potbelly, esp a man (first form 1714+, second 1909+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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