Definition of roly-poly in English:

roly-poly

Syllabification: ro·ly-po·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈrōlē ˈpōlē
 
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adjective

noun

(also roly-poly pudding) British Back to top  
  • A sweet pastry dough covered with jam or fruit, formed into a roll, and boiled, steamed, or baked.
    More 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.

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