Roly-poly definition

rōlē-pōlē
Short and plump; pudgy.
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Short and plump; pudgy.
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A short plump person or thing.
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A toy that rights itself when pushed over.
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(chiefly british) A pudding made of jam or fruit rolled up in pastry dough and baked or steamed until soft.
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A roly-poly thing or person, esp. a child.
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(chiefly brit.) A pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam, rolled up, and boiled, steamed, etc.
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(austral.) A tumbleweed.
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(colloquial, often childish or humorous) Short and plump.
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A short, plump person.
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(UK) A steamed pudding made from suet pastry containing jam or fruit.
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In gymnastics, a forward or sideways roll, such as that down a hill.
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A pill bug, potato bug or sowbug.
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Origin of roly-poly

  • Alteration and reduplication of roll

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition