ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) , ˈrō-ˌtənd\

Definition of rotund

1 : marked by roundness : rounded
2 : marked by fullness of sound or cadence : orotund, sonorous a master of rotund diction
3 : notably plump : chubby

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Other Words from rotund

rotundity \ rō-​ˈtən-​də-​tē How to pronounce rotundity (audio) \ noun
rotundly \ rō-​ˈtənd-​lē How to pronounce rotundly (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ adverb
rotundness \ rō-​ˈtən(d)-​nəs How to pronounce rotundness (audio) , ˈrō-​ˌtənd-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for rotund


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


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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Examples of rotund in a Sentence

a rotund little man who, predictably, was asked to play Santa every year the actor's distinct baritone and his clear and rotund elocution are especially effective in dramatic readings

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In escapist fashion, the wet-looking shadows each moved beyond the lid, blues clouding ethereal toward the brow, while warmer shades skewed finger-painted, swiped into imperfect cat-eyes and rotund delineations. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "This Painterly Pastel Eyeshadow Is the Answer to a Permanently Sunny State of Mind," 17 Sep. 2018 The mild-mannered Rouhani, a rotund cleric known for his constant smile, put a fresh, moderate face on Iran’s foreign policy. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "His nuclear deal and economy are crumbling, but don’t write off Iran’s president yet," 11 May 2018 Is that perfect hen-and-chicks, all cute and rotund, really so much to ask for? Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents (And How To Grow 'Em Right)," 9 Feb. 2017 The green and rotund Slimer—whom director Ivan Reiter has referred to as a tribute to comedian John Belushi—was sculpted out of foam and performed by a puppeteer, then overlaid into scenes with actors. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Your World Works Podcast: The Special Effects Behind 'Ghostbusters'," 27 Oct. 2015 By Jon Tayler Don’t let his rotund physique fool you: Bartolo Colon is a top-notch athlete. Stephanie Apstein,, "Nine Innings: How the Blue Jays Are Riding Out Their Hot Start, Bartolo's Sneaky Speed and Javier Baez's Transformation," 23 Apr. 2018 Off set, rotund actors practiced front flips onto a dusty mat. Jonathan Kaiman,, "China’s largest movie studio is vast, and so is its audience. But filmmakers have to toe the party line," 9 Apr. 2018 But the National Park Service takes special care of the dwindling number of trees from the original shipment, their woody masses rotund and saggy, their blossoms dull with age. Daniel Stone, Time, "How the Man Who Brought the Cherry Blossoms to Washington Narrowly Avoided a Diplomatic Crisis," 20 Mar. 2018 Standing guard over them is a rotund pirate with a lewd grin and a pistol tucked in his waistband. The Economist, "Pirates and #MeToo," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rotund

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rotund

Latin rotundus, probably alteration of Old Latin *retundus; akin to Latin rota wheel — more at roll

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English Language Learners Definition of rotund

literary + humorous : fat and round


ro·​tund | \ rō-ˈtənd How to pronounce rotund (audio) \

Kids Definition of rotund

1 : somewhat round

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