Definition of corpulent in English:



  • (of a person) fat.

    • ‘The opposite - i.e. a short delicate man and a tall corpulent woman - is unbearable both for the couple and for others, because it is banned by the internal images and needs of middle-class society.’
    • ‘She blinked in surprise as a corpulent man sat down next to her and settled in.’
    • ‘His corpulent figure and indolent manner belied ambition and a keen political intelligence.’
    • ‘Their grief was really for their own lost youth, seeing in Presley's corpulent and decadent collapse a mirror image of their own sad journey from optimism to Jimmy Carter.’
    • ‘I queued up in line, next to a rather corpulent farmer's wife.’
    • ‘It's a tense drama set in a world of bad cops, corrupt and corpulent politicians, hard men, hard liquor, and dangerous women.’
    • ‘Shannon Oliviera was a rather corpulent woman and she was proud of it.’
    • ‘I assumed Troy was referring to the corpulent kid.’
    • ‘A corpulent figure was silhouetted in the doorway leading to the sitting room, balancing an enameled snuff-box on his palm.’
    • ‘And then there was Orson Welles Square, a memorial to the corpulent director who filmed his Cannes-winning Othello here in 1949.’
    • ‘Evelyn was corpulent, thick-set, grotesquely charismatic; Laila was flame-haired, wide-eyed, honey-voiced.’
    • ‘The corpulent lawyer chortled at this formality.’
    • ‘Upon reaching a corridor she stopped as three policemen escorting a repulsive, corpulent man in handcuffs to an interrogation room passed by in front of her.’
    • ‘There he is on the front cover - a corpulent fellow with pink cheeks and a long, grey wig, staring out at us with a hint of arrogance: Samuel Pepys, the great diarist.’
    • ‘For Asia's health officials and increasingly corpulent citizens, the real race is to stay out of wheelchairs altogether.’
    • ‘She was hovering nervously over a corpulent man in army dress who was stuffing himself with canapés.’
    • ‘The scornful laughter of the corpulent man was accompanied by a slight hiccuping.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, at first Brutus refused to show his corpulent face, and Carter had to contend with a near mutiny from the rest of the frustrated family.’
    • ‘The image of corpulent couch potatoes munching deep pan pepperoni and chilli while ogling a television screen for six hours was hard to expel from your mind.’
    • ‘He was a grotesque and corpulent man, almost completely bald, and the fat around his chin gaggled loosely as he talked and shook his head.’
    fat, fattish, obese, overweight, plump, portly, stout, chubby, paunchy, beer-bellied, thickset, hefty, heavy, heavyset, burly, bulky, chunky, well padded, well covered, well upholstered, meaty, fleshy, rotund, round, well rounded, broad, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, big, large, gargantuan, elephantine
    tubby, pudgy, beefy, porky, roly-poly, blubbery, poddy
    podgy, fubsy
    zaftig, corn-fed, lard-assed
    squabby, pursy
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Late Middle English: from Latin corpulentus, from corpus body.