beer belly
beer belly eer" bel`ly n. a protruding potbelly caused by excessive drinking of beer.

Syn: beer gut. [PJC]

In one of the less surprising revelations of the year, researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and colleagues have confirmed that excessive consumption of beer can lead to the condition commonly known as beer belly. At the same time, however, they discovered that, beyond aesthetic concerns, the condition may point to health hazards of a more serious nature. In a comparison of beer drinkers and wine drinkers, the scientists found that beer tends to build a central paunch, or ``potbelly'', while wine drinkers tend to have narrower waists, even when the same amount of alcohol and calories is consumed by both. --The Scientist -- December 11, 1995.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • beer belly — beer .belly also beer gut n an unattractive fat stomach caused by drinking too much beer …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beer belly — beer ,belly noun count INFORMAL a fat stomach that a man gets from drinking too much beer over a long period of time: BEER GUT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • beer belly — (or beer gut) ► NOUN informal ▪ a man s protruding stomach, caused by excessive consumption of beer …   English terms dictionary

  • beer belly — AND beer gut n. a large belly. □ You’re going to end up with a real beer belly hanging over your belt if you don’t let up on that stuff. □ Look at the beer belly on that guy …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • beer belly — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms beer belly : singular beer belly plural beer bellies informal a fat stomach that a man gets from drinking too much beer over a long period of time …   English dictionary

  • beer belly — beer bellied, adj. a protuberant belly from or as if from drinking large quantities of beer; potbelly; paunch. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • beer belly — noun A protruding abdomen (usually in men) attributed to the consumption of beer. Syn: beer gut, beer muscles, German goitre …   Wiktionary

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