from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A protruding abdominal region.
  • n. A potbelly stove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a large, swollen, or protruding abdomen; a paunch
  • n. a potbelly stove


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Sydney from Wayne, Indiana, asked this, "I heard having a potbelly is the worst type of fat to have.

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  • I suspect some people would welcome other ways to say and think of fat, diet, weight loss, baldness, graying, potbelly, and dandruff.

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  • But I certainly don't want him to end up being a stereotypical sitcom Johnny with a potbelly and a hot wife.

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  • We know it's summer because the man and an uninterested young boy are naked from the waist up, so what's Santa doing there, and why doesn't he have a potbelly?

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  • A MAN WITH an enormous handlebar mustache and an even more enormous potbelly and a pipe between his lips was staring at the girl who had so unexpectedly appeared in his office.

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  • Fancy gave the boy a pitying look, taking in his dork haircut, potbelly, and short pants.

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  • At Göbekli Tepe in Turkey “Hill with a potbelly”, for example, is a sanctuary with limestone pillars that were carved and erected by hunter-gatherers more than eleven thousand years ago.


  • What Kilbourne is saying to me is that my little girl, my beautiful daughter who has described her little potbelly as being "fluffy" and who loves to wear bikinis even though her belly is "puffy," is just a couple of years away from seeing herself as fat, as unattractive and as abnormal.

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  • Soon our schoolhouse is better than ever—we got a new outhouse, new desks, a swing, and a tall stack of neatly chopped wood to feed into the potbelly stove.

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  • The little potbelly stove is burning so the schoolhouse is toasty, although it smells like the inside of a barn.

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