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or cor·pu·len·cy

[kawr-pyuh-luh ns or kawr-pyuh-luh n-see]
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  1. bulkiness or largeness of body; fatness; portliness.
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Origin of corpulence

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Latin word corpulentia. See corpulent, -ence
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Historical Examples

  • He was a short, thick-set, bow-legged man, inclining to corpulence.

    The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He was a man of about sixty, short and thick-set in appearance with a tendency to corpulence.

  • Foker gave these details to the doctor, who did not curse his corpulence the less for that.

  • Tune the pipes to the tragedy of tallow, the bane of bulk, the calamity of corpulence.

  • This object was a man of forty or so, inclined to corpulence, and untidy.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

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.

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corpulence in Medicine


  1. The condition of being excessively fat; obesity.
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