roly-poly


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ro·ly-po·ly

 (rō′lē-pō′lē)
adj.
Short and plump; pudgy.
n. pl. ro·ly-po·lies
1. A short plump person or thing.
2. See pillbug.
3. Chiefly British A pudding made of jam or fruit rolled up in pastry dough and baked or steamed until soft.

[Alteration and reduplication of roll.]
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roly-poly

(ˈrəʊlɪˈpəʊlɪ)
adj
plump, buxom, or rotund
n, pl -lies
1. (Cookery) Brit a strip of suet pastry spread with jam, fruit, or a savoury mixture, rolled up, and baked or steamed as a pudding
2. a plump, buxom, or rotund person
3. (Plants) Austral an informal name for tumbleweed
[C17: apparently by reduplication from roly, from roll]
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ro•ly-po•ly

(ˈroʊ liˈpoʊ li, -ˌpoʊ li)

adj., n., pl. -lies. adj.
1. short and plumply round.
n.
2. a roly-poly person or thing.
3. Chiefly Brit. a sheet of biscuit dough spread with jam, fruit, or the like, rolled up and steamed or baked.
[1595–1605; earlier rowle powle, rowly-powly worthless fellow, game involving rolling balls, rhyming compound based on roll (v.); for second element compare poll]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.roly-poly - a rotund individualroly-poly - a rotund individual      
large person - a person of greater than average size
2.roly-poly - pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam or fruit and rolled up and baked or steamed
pudding - any of various soft sweet desserts thickened usually with flour and baked or boiled or steamed
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
Adj.1.roly-poly - short and plump
fat - having an (over)abundance of flesh; "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"
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roly-poly

adjective plump, rounded, fat, overweight, chubby, tubby, buxom, rotund, pudgy, podgy a short roly-poly man
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roly-poly

adjective
Well-rounded and full in form:
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Translations

roly-poly

[ˈrəʊlɪˈpəʊlɪ]
A. N (Brit) (also roly-poly pudding) → brazo m de gitano
B. ADJregordete
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roly-poly

adj (inf)kugelrund, mopsig (inf)
n
(Brit: also roly-poly pudding) mit Nierentalg hergestellter Strudel, der gebacken oder im Wasserbad gekocht wird
(inf: = plump child) → Rollmops m (inf), → Pummel m (inf)
(inf: = somersault) → Purzelbaum m (inf)
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