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1roly–poly

adjective ro·ly–po·ly \ˌrō-lē-ˈpō-lē\

: short and fat

Full Definition of ROLY-POLY

:  being short and pudgy :  rotund

Origin of ROLY-POLY

reduplication of roly, from 2roll
First Known Use: 1820

2roly–poly

noun

: a sweet dough that is spread with jam, rolled up, and baked or steamed

plural roly–polies

Full Definition of ROLY-POLY

1
:  a roly-poly person or thing
2
British :  a sweet dough spread with a filling, rolled, and baked or steamed —called also roly-poly pudding

First Known Use of ROLY-POLY

1836

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