Definition of roly-poly in English:

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roly-poly

Pronunciation: /ˈrōlē ˈpōlē/

adjective

(Of a person) having a round, plump appearance: a roly-poly young boy
More example sentences
  • An old lady with a roly-poly figure waddled her way over to me and gave me a friendly smile.
  • Rick was getting out of the shotgun seat and a roly-poly man with glasses was getting out of the driver's seat.
  • The roly-poly, laughing baby who, come to think of it, looks remarkably like a little Buddha.
Synonyms

noun

(also roly-poly pudding) British
A sweet pastry dough covered with jam or fruit, formed into a roll, and boiled, steamed, or baked.
Example sentences
  • The list of puddings included deep pan apple pie, jam roly-poly and treacle sponge.
  • They will be cooking chicken rogan josh followed by apple and cinnamon roly-poly in the final.
  • Formerly roly-poly pudding was boiled in a pudding cloth; but the skill of enclosing a pudding of this shape in a cloth has now mostly been lost.

Origin

Early 17th century: fanciful formation from the verb roll.

Words that rhyme with roly-poly

aïoli, coaly, coley, Foley, goalie, guacamole, holey, Holi, holy, lowly, moly, pinole, ravioli, Rowley, shoaly, soli

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ro·ly-po·ly

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