Origin of roly-polyreduplicated, reduplication of roll
- a roly-poly thing or person, esp. a child
- Chiefly Brit. a pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam, rolled up, and boiled, steamed, etc.
- Austral. a tumbleweed
- A short plump person or thing.
- See pillbug.
- Chiefly British A pudding made of jam or fruit rolled up in pastry dough and baked or steamed until soft.
Origin of roly-polyAlteration and reduplication of roll.