from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a prominent, overhanging belly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a prominent overhanging belly.


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  • I have found thee, thou spongy swag-bellied minnow!

    Insult Me With Shakespeare, Please

  • He was swag-bellied, sporting a little garden of gin-blossoms on his nose, and wearing a tropical shirt that hung almost to his knees.

    Duma Key

  • I learned it in England, where, indeed, they are most potent in potting: your Dane, your German, and your swag-bellied Hollander — Drink, ho! — are nothing to your English.

    Othello, the Moore of Venice

  • Blackie was a swag-bellied man with a bushy black beard who wore his embroidered vest everywhere.

    Half Broke Horses

  • The same thin-legged, swag-bellied children were scavenging among the pi-dogs.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • 'I ken naethin' aboot that, 'retorted the other, bringing his gaze down from the ceiling to rest upon the swag-bellied green bottle on the table beside him.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • I learned it in England, where indeed they are most potent in potting; your Dane, your German, and your swag-bellied Hollander, —drink, ho!

    Act II. Scene III. Othello, the Moor of Venice

  • ” But Purdie’s face shone with rapture as he observed how severely the swag-bellied bookseller’s activity was tasked.

    Paras. 50-73

  • This swag-bellied jolly-boat handles like a firkin.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

  • I really want us to date, if only so we can break up and I can call him a spleeny swag-bellied ratsbane and a fobbing plume-plucked hedge-pig, and he can respond by shouting "Fie on thee, poxy harlot!" and then writing "You Can't Do That."



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