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UK 16th century. Possibly gore + belly or gormand + belly. Compare Swedish går-bälg.
gorbelly (plural gorbellies)
- (obsolete) A large, protruding belly.
- (obsolete) A person with such a belly.
- a. 1607, Tomkis, Thomas, Lingua, or, The Combat of the Tongue and the Five Senses for Superiority, Act 5, Scene 5:
- The belching gorbelly hath well nigh killed me.
- 1638, Godwin, Francis, The Man in the Moone:
- To be briefe with him, he is a pestilence to pasties, which sweepeth many of them sheere away; a consumption to capons, chickins, and other poultry; a sepulchre to seafish and others in ponds, moates and rivers; a sharp sheepe-biter, and a marveilous mutton monger, a gorbelly glutton.
- 1898, Raymond, Walter, Two Men O' Mendip:
- "You girt vlat-vooted, gorbelly, stunpole, Zolomon Moggridge," he yelled, louder and louder with each word, "you've a-squot I so vlat as a dough-fig."
- (large belly): see Thesaurus:paunch
- (person with large belly): see Thesaurus:fat person