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[kawr-pyuh-luh nt]
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  1. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.
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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
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Related Words for corpulent

obese, portly, burly, fleshy, beefy, blimp, bulky, fat, gross, heavy, hefty, husky, large, lusty, overblown, overweight, plump, roly-poly, rotund, stout

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Historical Examples of corpulent

  • He left the ellipsis to be filled in by the corpulent blackguard's intelligence.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • What harm could visit him if he yielded to this corpulent adventurer's insistence?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He was as tall as the captain was short—as thin as his superior was corpulent.

  • The corpulent and swarthy Hicks stood dejectedly before her.

  • He was a corpulent, florid man, purse-proud, and self-sufficient.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for corpulent


  1. physically bulky; fat
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corpulent in Medicine


  1. Excessively fat.
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