noun, plural ro·ly-po·lies.
Origin of roly-poly
Examples from the Web for roly-poly
Attended always by this roly-poly bodyguard, Maida would limp from group to group of the playing children.Maida's Little Shop|Inez Haynes Irwin
Did we not hear a roly-poly noise in the attic when we were looking into that chest?The Tale of Samuel Whiskers|Beatrix Potter
One roly-poly little sparrow blew or flew to the sill and sat there for a minute, looking at me with knowing eyes.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903|Lucy Maud Montgomery
"Sure—if any one will kick me," said McNab, who in fact had a sort of roly-poly resemblance to the necessary pigskin.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
But another fat, roundabout, roly-poly of humanity was to settle the servant question finally, within a day or two.We of the Never-Never|Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn
noun plural -lies
Word Origin for roly-poly
"short and stout," 1820, probably a varied reduplication of roll (v.). As a noun, it was used as the name of various ball games from 1713, and it was used as early as 1610s in the sense of "rascal." As an appellation of a short, stout person, from 1836.