roly-poly

adjective
ro·​ly-po·​ly | \ ˌrō-lē-ˈpō-lē How to pronounce roly-poly (audio) \

Definition of roly-poly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being short and pudgy : rotund

roly-poly

noun
plural roly-polies

Definition of roly-poly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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First Known Use of roly-poly

Adjective

1820, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for roly-poly

Adjective

reduplication of roly, from roll entry 2

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The first known use of roly-poly was in 1820

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“Roly-poly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roly-poly. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of roly-poly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : short and fat

roly-poly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roly-poly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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