American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Short and plump; pudgy.
- n. A short plump person or thing.
- n. Chiefly British A pudding made of jam or fruit rolled up in pastry dough and baked or steamed until soft.
- n. See pill bug.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old game, somewhat resembling bowls, played with pins and a half-sphere of wood on a floor or smooth plot of ground.
- n. A sheet of paste spread with jam and rolled up, to form a pudding.
- n. A low, vulgar person.
- n. A short, stout person.
- Of or pertaining to a roly-poly; shaped like a roly-poly; round; pudgy.
- adj. colloquial short and plump
- n. A short, plump person.
- n. UK A steamed pudding made from suet pastry containing jam or fruit.
- n. In gymnastics, a forward or sideways roll, such as that down a hill.
- n. A pill bug, potato bug or sowbug.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a rotund individual
- adj. short and plump
- n. pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam or fruit and rolled up and baked or steamed
- Alteration and reduplication of roll. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Dylan was a "healthy, chunky, roly-poly boy," said his aunt, Amy Compton.”
“Although he was slender and spare with silver wire-rimmed glasses, there was something about him that reminded Sharon of a roly-poly Santa Claus.”
“Roll the boiled egg down Astroturf knoll" and "the Baga bronze roly-poly" are two of my works in progress.”
“Inevitably, her presence is in danger of usurping the traditional dame; but, since the roly-poly Mr Potts is also the show's writer, he ensures he gets a fair slice of the action.”
“Morros, who made his first public bow at a news conference in Washington on August 12, turned out to be a balding, roly-poly former musician, whose ostensible claim to fame was having composed “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.””
“Little Augie lounged on a couch in the apartment of George White, a roly-poly former New York cop who had busted him several times but kept in friendly contact with the mobster over the years.”
“The payoff was when roly-poly Mr. Hill tells abs-of-steel Mr. Worthington to chill while he goes solo on the bad guys.”
“Dom DeLuise, who spiced up such movies as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie" and "The Cannonball Run" with his manic delivery and roly-poly persona, has died, his son's publicist told CNN.”
“An uncontrollable (or uncontrolled?) squeal of delight escaped my lips as I caught sight of the bounty of newly arrived autumn treats: plump burnt orange pumpkins and squash, roly-poly sweet potatoes, deep chocolate-colored figs nestled snugly together inside their tiny wooden crate.”
“Pepe does three roly-poly revolutions.45 min: Lassana Diarra chops down Messi.”
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