Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having little abdominal protuberance: as, a shad-bellied person.
  • Sloping away gradually in front; cutaway: as, a shad-bellied coat.

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Examples

  • Rising from a little cabin boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header, chief mate, and captain, and finally a shipowner; Bildad, as I hinted before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • There will be an old Hard-shell clock resurrected, with throat whiskers, and wearing a shad-bellied coat and flap breeches.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

  • No Southern silver-tongued orator of the old-time, string-tied, slouch-hatted, long - haired variety ever clung more closely to his official makeup than the English barrister clings to his spats, his shad-bellied coat and his eye-glass dangling on a cord.

    Europe Revised

  • There was a certain sad, plum-colored, shad-bellied coat that flashes athwart my memory in hideous recollection, which wrapped itself portentiously about my slim figure, to the great delectation of my young friends and companions, and to my corresponding misery.

    South American Fights and Fighters And Other Tales of Adventure

  • The shad-bellied coat was bad enough -- you could take that off, though -- but there was something worse that stayed on.

    South American Fights and Fighters And Other Tales of Adventure

  • Put him into a shad-bellied drab and he would still have retained traces of dudishness; a Chatham street outfit could hardly have unduded him.

    The Faith Doctor A Story of New York

  • Rising from a little cabin boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header, chief mate, and captain, and finally a shipowner; Bildad, as I hinted before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • Rising from a little cabin-boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat; from that becoming boat-header, chief-mate, and captain, and finally a ship owner; Bildad, as I hinted before, had concluded his adventurous career by wholly retiring from active life at the goodly age of sixty, and dedicating his remaining days to the quiet receiving of his well-earned income.

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • Women will like some fellows, when men can't see no sort o 'reason why they should; and they liked this' ere Lommedieu, though he was kind o 'mournful and thin and shad-bellied, and hadn't nothin' to say for himself.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories

  • In this Livingston Company many wore three-cornered hats, shad-bellied coats, shoe and knee buckles.

    Margaret

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  • Rising from a little cabin boy in short clothes of the drabbest drab, to a harpooneer in a broad shad-bellied waistcoat...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 16

    July 24, 2008