Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a large protuberant belly; pot-bellied; paunchy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having a large, protuberant belly, or one shaped like a tun; pot-bellied.
“Second, made of lead, bestrides a tun-bellied charger.”
“This is one of the most striking passages of the poem; in spite of their abstract names, these sins are tangible realities; the author describes their shape and their costumes; some are bony, others are tun-bellied; singular abstractions with warts on their noses!”
“Shakespeare bestowed on Prince Hal's tun-bellied follower the new and deathless name of Falstaff.”
“William Warren is dubbed "the tun-bellied manager.”
“Hard by the reformer, a bandy-legged and garlanded Charles Second, made of lead, bestrides a tun-bellied charger.”
“Charles Second, made of lead, bestrides a tun-bellied charger.”
“Thus it was that this grotesque personage, this pale, flabby, tun-bellied citizen became, in one night, a terrible captain, whom nobody dared to ridicule any more.”
“Michiella's aside, 'Till anger seizes him I wait!' created laughter; it came in contrast with an extraordinary pomposity of self-satisfaction exhibited by Count Orso -- the flower-faced, tun-bellied basso, Lebruno.”
“May Shitan seize your unlucky soul, you tun-bellied beast of ill-omen! for the bare supposition of such a thing; depart -- depart quickly, and never let me see you again.”
“In one corner was a tun-bellied pigeon-house, of great size and rotundity, resembling in figure and proportion the curious edifice called Arthur's Oven, which would have turned the brains of all the antiquaries in England, had not the worthy proprietor pulled it down for the sake of mending a neighbouring dam-dyke.”
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