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roly-poly

adjective ro·ly-po·ly \ ˌrō-lē-ˈpō-lē \

Definition of roly-poly

: being short and pudgy : rotund

Origin and Etymology of roly-poly

reduplication of roly, from 2roll


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roly-poly

noun

Definition of roly-poly

plural roly-polies
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

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ROLY-POLY Defined for English Language Learners

roly-poly

Definition of roly-poly for English Language Learners

  • : short and fat


roly-poly

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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