[kawr-pyuh-luh nt]


large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.

Nearby words

  1. corps diplomatique,
  2. corps of engineers,
  3. corpse,
  4. corpsman,
  5. corpulence,
  6. corpus,
  7. corpus albicans,
  8. corpus amylaceum,
  9. corpus callosum,
  10. corpus cavernosum

Origin of corpulent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin corpulentus, equivalent to corp(us) body + -ulentus -ulent

Related formscor·pu·lent·ly, adverbun·cor·pu·lent, adjectiveun·cor·pu·lent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for corpulent



physically bulky; fat
Derived Formscorpulence or corpulency, nouncorpulently, adverb

Word Origin for corpulent

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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Medicine definitions for corpulent




Excessively fat.

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