[ kawr-pyuh-luhnt ]
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  1. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.

Origin of corpulent

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

Other words from corpulent

  • cor·pu·lent·ly, adverb
  • un·cor·pu·lent, adjective
  • un·cor·pu·lent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby corpulent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use corpulent in a sentence

  • He is less corpulent, and his legs are shorter; in the stomach and intestines, there is a difference of conformation.

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  • Always conscious of his deformity, and terribly afraid of becoming corpulent, he was sedulously careful of his person and dress.

  • I would do it myself were it not that a very corpulent and most unexpected pudding is claiming my present attention.

British Dictionary definitions for corpulent


/ (ˈkɔːpjʊlənt) /

  1. physically bulky; fat

Origin of corpulent

C14: from Latin corpulentus fleshy

Derived forms of corpulent

  • corpulence or corpulency, noun
  • corpulently, adverb

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