Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having an abundance or excess of flesh or fat. synonym: fat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fleshy; portly; stout; fat; having a large, fleshy body.
  • Solid; dense; opaque.
  • Relating to the body or to material things; corporeal; of the flesh; material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Very fat; obese.
  • adjective obsolete Solid; gross; opaque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Large in body; fat; overweight.
  • adjective obsolete Physical, material, corporeal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective excessively fat

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Examples

  • Let try the term corpulent; and no they shouldn't have to they are people with emotions, let not treat them any differently than we would like to be treated ourselves.

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  • Let try the term corpulent; and no they shouldn't have to they are people with emotions, let not treat them any differently than we would like to be treated ourselves.

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  • And when you come to America don't you ever insult anybody by calling her corpulent, which is a perfectly indecent expression.

    A Voyage of Consolation (being in the nature of a sequel to the experiences of 'An American girl in London')

  • As early as 1922 this picaresque pair was so well known that headlines in the Times could refer to the corpulent Einstein and the lumbering Smith solely by their nicknames “izzy and Moe raid thespian retreat”; “Izzy and Moe Pour Whisky Into sewer”; “sees Izzy and Moe, Bartender Faints”.

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  • As early as 1922 this picaresque pair was so well known that headlines in the Times could refer to the corpulent Einstein and the lumbering Smith solely by their nicknames “izzy and Moe raid thespian retreat”; “Izzy and Moe Pour Whisky Into sewer”; “sees Izzy and Moe, Bartender Faints”.

    LAST CALL

  • All these ladies were remarkably corpulent, which is considered here as the highest mark of beauty.

    Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, 1795-7

  • And while now we say "overweight" instead of "corpulent" -- and obesity has become epidemic -

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • And while now we say "overweight" instead of "corpulent" -- and obesity has become epidemic -

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • And while now we say "overweight" instead of "corpulent" -- and obesity has become epidemic -

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • And while now we say "overweight" instead of "corpulent" -- and obesity has become epidemic -

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

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  • Railroad telegraphers used the word corpulent to signify the phrase "Can you obtain written consent?" --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 21, 2013