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roly-poly

[roh-lee-poh-lee, -poh-lee] /ˈroʊ liˈpoʊ li, -ˌpoʊ li/
adjective
1.
short and plumply round, as a person or a young animal.
noun, plural roly-polies.
2.
a roly-poly person or thing.
3.
Chiefly British. a sheet of biscuit dough spread with jam, fruit, or the like, rolled up and steamed or baked.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; earlier rowle powle, rowly-powly worthless fellow, game involving rolling balls, rhyming compound based on roll (v.); for second element cf. poll1
Synonyms
1. fat, rotund, pudgy.
Antonyms
1. scrawny.
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British Dictionary definitions for rolypoly

roly-poly

/ˈrəʊlɪˈpəʊlɪ/
adjective
1.
plump, buxom, or rotund
noun (pl) -lies
2.
(Brit) a strip of suet pastry spread with jam, fruit, or a savoury mixture, rolled up, and baked or steamed as a pudding
3.
a plump, buxom, or rotund person
4.
(Austral) an informal name for tumbleweed
Word Origin
C17: apparently by reduplication from roly, from roll
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Word Origin and History for rolypoly

roly-poly

adj.

"short and stout," 1820, probably a varied reduplication of roll (v.). As a noun, it was used as the name of various ball games from 1713, and it was used as early as 1610s in the sense of "rascal." As an appellation of a short, stout person, from 1836.

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