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[kawr-pyuh-luh nt] /ˈkɔr pyə lənt/
large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.
Origin of corpulent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin corpulentus, equivalent to corp(us) body + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
corpulently, adverb
uncorpulent, adjective
uncorpulently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corpulent
  • Another corpulent cretinous centipede who either does not understand how science is done or willfully neglects it.
  • They are not longer, but are nearly as large again, and more corpulent.
  • The frogs are dull skinned then, but soon become corpulent and bright.
British Dictionary definitions for corpulent


physically bulky; fat
Derived Forms
corpulence, corpulency, noun
corpulently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin corpulentus fleshy
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Word Origin and History for corpulent

late 14c., from Old French corpulent "stout, fat," from Latin corpulentus "fleshy, fat," from corpus "body" (see corporeal) + -ulentus "full of." Leigh Hunt was sent to prison for two years for calling the Prince Regent corpulent in print in 1812.

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corpulent in Medicine

corpulent cor·pu·lent (kôr'pyə-lənt)
Excessively fat.

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