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Definition of corpulent

: having a large bulky body : obese … were a bit corpulent from too many years of privileged living …— Thomas Cutler

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Other Words from corpulent

corpulently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for corpulent


blubbery, chubby, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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The Duchess of Windsor may have said that you can never be too rich or too thin, but that's a rather modern point of view. In earlier times in Europe, being overweight was considered a sign of wealth and well-being, as demonstrated by the corpulence of many European kings. Still today, corpulence is thought to be superior to thinness in some of the world's cultures. But corpulent and corpulence are less often used than they once were, and we're now probably more likely to say "obese" and "obesity".

Examples of corpulent in a Sentence

a corpulent, elegantly dressed opera singer came out and sang, and we knew it was over

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Grayson Perry’s show last year was corpulent, even gluttonous. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Takes a Traditional Turn," 13 July 2019 The corpulent merchant was even prouder to show it off to the young Duke of Saxe-Weimar and his new privy councilor, Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019 Congress may again be forced to bundle many (but not all) of the spending bills together into another corpulent package, funding the government. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Proposed DACA pathway complicates border wall funding," 25 June 2018 Why portray him as dark, corpulent and almost animal-like? Marcos Breton, sacbee, "He was immortalized by Hunter S. Thompson for the wrong reasons. Now hear his story | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Mar. 2018 And Rex Stout’s corpulent genius, Nero Wolfe, investigated criminal cases without budging from his elegant Manhattan townhouse. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "In a New Crime Lineup, a Supine Swede and Private Eyes With Bad Habits," 7 June 2017 The more corpulent criminal began firing away, launching the three customers toward the ground or hiding places. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "West Park pawn shop robbers found tables turned, doors locked, shots fired," 31 May 2017 Ambrogio Maestri will play the corpulent title character. Compiled By Christopher D. Shea, New York Times, "Opera, Ballet and More Treats for Fall: Global Arts Guide," 26 Oct. 2016 His address to a suffragists' convention had bombed, perhaps because the corpulent leader had insulted his female audience. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "When a president's brother owned the Phillies," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of corpulent

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corpulent

Middle English, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin corpulentus, from corpus "body" + -ulentus "having in quantity, full of" — more at midriff

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The first known use of corpulent was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of corpulent

formal : fat


cor·​pu·​lent | \ ˈkȯr-pyə-lənt How to pronounce corpulent (audio) \

Kids Definition of corpulent

: very fat


cor·​pu·​lent | \ -lənt How to pronounce corpulent (audio) \

Medical Definition of corpulent

: having a large bulky body : obese

Other Words from corpulent

corpulently adverb

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