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rotund

[roh-tuhnd] /roʊˈtʌnd/
adjective
1.
round in shape; rounded:
ripe, rotund fruit.
2.
plump; fat.
3.
full-toned or sonorous:
rotund speeches.
Origin of rotund
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin rotundus round, circular, derivative of rota wheel; cf. round1
Related forms
rotundly, adverb
subrotund, adjective
subrotundly, adverb
subrotundness, noun
unrotund, adjective
Synonyms
2. obese, fleshy, corpulent, stout, portly.
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  • He was a short man, with a rotund stomach and a wheezy voice.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • 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 Mayne Reid
  • Rusty was humble as ever, but there was an expectant look in his rotund face.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
British Dictionary definitions for rotund

rotund

/rəʊˈtʌnd/
adjective
1.
rounded or spherical in shape
2.
plump
3.
sonorous or grandiloquent; full in tone, style of speaking, etc
Derived Forms
rotundity, rotundness, noun
rotundly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin rotundus wheel-shaped, round, from rota wheel
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Word Origin and History for rotund
adj.

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."

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