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roly-poly

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Pronunciation: /rəʊlɪˈpəʊli
 
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Definition of roly-poly in English:

adjective

informal
(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
British informal podgy, fubsy
North American informal zaftig, corn-fed, lard-assed
archaic pursy

noun

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1 (also roly-poly pudding) [mass noun] British A pudding made of a sheet of suet pastry covered with jam or fruit, formed into a roll, and steamed or baked: a nice bit of jam roly-poly
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.
2Australian A bushy tumbleweed.

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

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