- round in shape; rounded: ripe, rotund fruit.
- plump; fat.
- full-toned or sonorous: rotund speeches.
Origin of rotund
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Examples from the Web for rotund
If Mike Huckabee runs for president in 2016, he could deliver the Republican nomination to a telegenic, rotund governor.Huckabee 2016 Would Give Iowa to Christie
December 19, 2013
The rotund rapper pled guilty to not paying taxes from 2007 to 2008.Bryan Cranston As Lex Luthor, Madonna Tops Highest Paid Celebs List
August 26, 2013
Bilbo (like most Hobbits) is supposed to be rotund, and Bilbo is said to be more than 50 years old.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
Perched next to the officers was a rotund thirty-nine-year-old writer with thick wire-rim glasses named Abbott Joseph Liebling.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
Washington insider and defiant iconoclast, a rotund blast from the Clinton-era past running as the candidate of radical change.Why the Tea Party Loves Gingrich Despite Suspicions About His Record
December 22, 2011
He was a short man, with a rotund stomach and a wheezy voice.'Twixt Land & Sea
The rotund lady, for herself and the prince, replies in the negative.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
Then he touched his most rotund portion with a significant look.A Black Adonis
Linn Boyd Porter
The body—short, plump, and rotund—could be no other than that of the unfortunate Irishman.The Wild Huntress
Rusty was humble as ever, but there was an expectant look in his rotund face.The Ghost Breaker
- rounded or spherical in shape
- sonorous or grandiloquent; full in tone, style of speaking, etc
Word Origin and History for rotund
1705, from Latin rotundus "rolling, round, circular, spherical, like a wheel," from rota "wheel" (see rotary). Earlier was rotound (1610s); rotounde (early 15c.). Meaning "full-toned style of oratory" (1830) is after Horace's ore rotundo in "Poetics."