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roly–poly

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adjective ro·ly–po·ly \ˌrō-lē-ˈpō-lē\

Definition of roly–poly

  1. :  being short and pudgy :  rotund

Origin and Etymology of roly–poly

reduplication of roly, from 2roll


First Known Use: 1820


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roly–poly

noun ro·ly–po·ly

Definition of roly–poly

plural

roly–polies

  1. 1 :  a roly-poly person or thing

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

1836

First Known Use of roly–poly

1836




ROLY–POLY Defined for English Language Learners

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roly–poly

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adjective ro·ly–po·ly \ˌrō-lē-ˈpō-lē\

Definition of roly–poly for English Language Learners

  • : short and fat


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roly–poly

noun ro·ly–po·ly

Definition of roly–poly for English Language Learners

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

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