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bellied (not comparable)

  1. Having a large or prominent belly.
  2. (in combination) Having a belly of a specified type.
    • 1997, Alejandro Grattan-Domínguez, Breaking even:
      But one guy was still yelping: a big-bellied biker, with a long, black beard that hung halfway down his bloated gut.
  3. Swollen, bulging, or billowing; bellying.
    • 1819, Joseph Rodman Drake, “The American Flag” in The Culprit Fay, and Other Poems, New York: Van Norden & King, 1847, p. 91,[2]
      Flag of the seas! on ocean wave
      Thy stars shall glitter o’er the brave;
      When death, careering on the gale,
      Sweeps darkly round the bellied sail,
    • 1857, Alexander Smith, “A Boy’s Poem”, in City Poems[3], Boston: Ticknor & Fields, pages 98–99:
      We heard the swarming streets, the noisy mills;
      Saw sooty foundries full of glare and gloom,
      Great bellied chimneys tipped with tongues of flame,
      Quiver in smoky heat.
    • 1883, George Meredith, “Phoebus with Admetus”, in Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of the Earth[4], London: Macmillan, page 74:
      Hand-like rushed the vintage; we strung the bellied skins
      Plump, and at the sealing the Youth’s voice rose:
  4. (figuratively) Overblown, exaggerated.

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  1. simple past and past participle of belly

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