- bulkiness or largeness of body; fatness; portliness.
Origin of corpulence
Examples from the Web for corpulence
He was a short, thick-set, bow-legged man, inclining to corpulence.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
He was a man of about sixty, short and thick-set in appearance with a tendency to corpulence.Australia Revenged
Foker gave these details to the doctor, who did not curse his corpulence the less for that.The English at the North Pole
Tune the pipes to the tragedy of tallow, the bane of bulk, the calamity of corpulence.The Four Million
This object was a man of forty or so, inclined to corpulence, and untidy.The Wonder
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Word Origin and History for corpulence
late 15c. "body size" (either large or small, with adjective), from Old French corpulence (14c.) "corpulence; physical size, build," from Latin corpulentia "grossness of body," noun of quality from corpulentus (see corpulent). Restriction to "bulkiness, obesity" began late 16c. Related: Corpulency.
- The condition of being excessively fat; obesity.