Definition of rotund in English:


Syllabification: ro·tund
Pronunciation: /rōˈtənd/


1(Of a person) plump.
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  • Two beady eyes set too far apart regarded them lifelessly, head cocked to the side to expose what little neck the rotund man had.
  • The rotund woman compressed her lips, ‘Secrets must not be shared.’
  • A short and rotund figure waddled onto the stage.
1.1Round or spherical: huge stoves held great rotund cauldrons
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  • The nascent temperance movement, too, is suggested by the rotund whiskey jug placed prominently in the foreground.
  • Serving pots for coffee retained the tall tapered look of their Arab counterparts, while tea pots retained the squat, rotund shape initially seen in China.
  • The approached a strange formation in the side of the cliff: a large, rotund tunnel dug deep into the side of the mountain.
round, bulbous, spherical, spheric
2(Of speech or literary style) indulging in grandiloquent expression.
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  • This phraseology is grandiose, rotund and sonorous, but signifies a fatal weakness in Walcott's approach to both Brand and Philip.
  • So the style becomes more rotund, more rococo, more elaborate.
  • From sharp treble frenzy arpeggios, to screeching lead runs and rotund chords his playing produces more notes and resonance than three regular players could do on a particularly productive day.


late 15th century: from Latin rotundus, from rotare 'rotate'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtəndətē/
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  • I wear a size eighteen which, I hasten to add because I want to be clear about the extent of my rotundity, is a US size fourteen.
  • ‘Thank you,’ he said and nearly skipped away, surprisingly sprightly for all his rotundity.
  • As evidenced by an early case of tuberculosis and a later rotundity, Ben also adopted a somewhat cavalier attitude to his body and its needs.


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  • Alfie cuts a fine figure in a rotundly roundabout sort of way, as he sachets and saunters down the high street.
  • His cats are either rotundly ruminative, as in the picture of the wash-day, or predatory.
  • The Colombian artist Fernando Botero, famous for his rotundly oversized figures, has donated a collection of works of art worth an estimated $250 million to two museums in his native country.

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