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[kawr-pyuh-luh nt] /ˈkɔr pyə lənt/
large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.
Origin of corpulent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin corpulentus, equivalent to corp(us) body + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
corpulently, adverb
uncorpulent, adjective
uncorpulently, adverb Unabridged
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  • The corpulent and swarthy Hicks stood dejectedly before her.

  • Old Rochford smiled with his air of tranquil wisdom and corpulent age.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • While in his usual health he was, though not corpulent, yet rather stout than spare, but he was now reduced to skin and bone.

  • He was a tall, corpulent man, with a soft face—as we see him in his picture.

    Pickwickian Studies Percy Fitzgerald
  • Still against the corpulent crudities of her host she could weigh the graces of his guests.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • And then, with a sigh of relief, Bruce deposited his corpulent form on the chair.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • A corpulent, red young man—I knew him by sight as young Webster—walked sheepishly to our window and stood in front of us.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for corpulent


physically bulky; fat
Derived Forms
corpulence, corpulency, noun
corpulently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin corpulentus fleshy
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Word Origin and History for corpulent

late 14c., from Old French corpulent "stout, fat," from Latin corpulentus "fleshy, fat," from corpus "body" (see corporeal) + -ulentus "full of." Leigh Hunt was sent to prison for two years for calling the Prince Regent corpulent in print in 1812.

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corpulent in Medicine

corpulent cor·pu·lent (kôr'pyə-lənt)
Excessively fat.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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