[kawr-pyuh-luh nt]


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

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

Examples from the Web for corpulent

Contemporary Examples of corpulent

  • Ireland comes in as the most corpulent country, according to the report, with a 47% projected obesity rate for both men and women.

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    Americans Aren’t Getting Fat Alone

    Rachel Bronstein

    May 9, 2014

  • The combination of scantily clad, attractive women and scantily clad, corpulent men makes Philip Roth's imagination look feminist.

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    All the Israeli Ladies

    Elisheva Goldberg, Raphael Magarik

    June 14, 2012

  • Tolkien used his Northern European imagination not to frighten but at least to compel belief in the corpulent, red-clad judge.

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    Twelve Unusual Christmas Reads

    Stefan Beck

    December 25, 2011

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



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

Word Origin for corpulent

C14: from Latin corpulentus fleshy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corpulent in Medicine




Excessively fat.
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