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Definition of pot belly in English:

noun

A large, protruding, rotund stomach.
Example sentences
  • Within a month, you are guaranteed a paunch, a pot belly, and the inability to walk up stairs.
  • So yeah, I had to work out but, you know, it's such a ridiculous character, the guy's so silly that I don't think it would have mattered if he'd got a pot belly.
  • I'm comfortable being a short, stocky person if it's one that's muscly - what I'm not comfortable with is my current pot belly, extra-padded hips, and padded thighs.
Synonyms
paunch, belly, beer belly, gut, fat/protruding stomach
informal beer gut, pot, tummy, spare tyre, middle-aged spread
North American informal bay window
informal , dated corporation

Derivatives

pot-bellied

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adjective
Example sentences
  • Groups of pot-bellied old men in seldom worn suits stood in clusters, leaning in to catch a word, laughing, lining up for photos taken by children and grandchildren.
  • Afterwards - when he'd pocketed an estimated $250m thanks to his pot-bellied botanist pal - he became a major Hollywood force.
  • Tinker, a career criminal, has spent much of his life in prison; he's pot-bellied, balding with straggly brown hair, and has a thick handlebar moustache.
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