One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) plump.
plump, chubby, fat, stout, roly-poly, fattish, portly, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, overweight, heavy, pot-bellied, beer-bellied, paunchy, falstaffianView synonyms
- ‘The four youngest were rotund and grimy like their parents.’
- ‘The population there is much different, filled with gloriously rotund men and women, fat beyond belief.’
- ‘Her rotund frame was crowded onto a porch swing, her naturally white hair colored, poorly, I might add, red.’
- ‘After about an hour, I think I hear one of the receptionists, a rotund lady with bushy red hair, call out my name.’
- ‘They entered, and a small, rotund man stood up and greeted them.’
- ‘The rotund man left the railing to rush down a set of stairs leading to the main deck until he stood toe to toe with the much smaller Bard.’
- ‘A bit rotund, she seemed very centered on her relatively small pillow.’
- ‘And just for good measure, he is given distinct abilities from his shorter, rotund brother.’
- ‘They didn't even look like they would support her rotund body.’
- ‘He was a small, rotund old man, but he knew his trade well.’
- ‘Two beady eyes set too far apart regarded them lifelessly, head cocked to the side to expose what little neck the rotund man had.’
- ‘A short and rotund figure waddled onto the stage.’
- ‘Despite his rotund appearance, the professor was physically fit to the point of being rather scary and unnatural in his movements.’
- ‘He was, as predicted, both grumpy and enormously rotund - so fat, in fact, that the cameraman had to give serious thought as to how to shoot him.’
- ‘The rotund woman compressed her lips, ‘Secrets must not be shared.’’
- ‘Just as she reached the stairs to enter the house, an ugly gelding cantered to a stop and the rotund rider ungracefully dismounted.’
- ‘The rotund and lawyerlike Taft did not enjoy a happy presidency.’
- ‘Not waiting for the guard to finish, Mel ran towards the sickroom, with the stuttering guard and rotund matron trailing behind.’
- ‘Armstrong whirled around and saw a rotund man with a large cigar and a beard come storming across the bridge.’
- ‘He has often been called the king of the slow burn, the incremental building up of rage until his entire rotund body explodes in anger.’
- 1.1 Round or spherical.‘huge stoves held great rotund cauldrons’
round, bulbous, sphericalView synonyms
- ‘Serving pots for coffee retained the tall tapered look of their Arab counterparts, while tea pots retained the squat, rotund shape initially seen in China.’
- ‘The nascent temperance movement, too, is suggested by the rotund whiskey jug placed prominently in the foreground.’
- ‘The approached a strange formation in the side of the cliff: a large, rotund tunnel dug deep into the side of the mountain.’
2(of speech or literary style) indulging in grandiloquent expression.
sonorous, full-toned, full-bodied, round, rich, deep, mellow, resonant, reverberantView synonyms
- ‘This phraseology is grandiose, rotund and sonorous, but signifies a fatal weakness in Walcott's approach to both Brand and Philip.’
- ‘So the style becomes more rotund, more rococo, more elaborate.’
- ‘The Four Walls speaks in faceless clichés, the kind of rotund wordiness that bares itself in how little you gain.’
- ‘From sharp treble frenzy arpeggios, to screeching lead runs and rotund chords his playing produces more notes and resonance than three regular players could do on a particularly productive day.’
Late 15th century: from Latin rotundus, from rotare ‘rotate’.
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