short and plumply round, as a person or a young animal.
a roly-poly person or thing.
Chiefly British. a sheet of biscuit dough spread with jam, fruit, or the like, rolled up and steamed or baked.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use roly-poly in a sentence
No one ever forgot the roly-poly pudding made without suet; synthetic rubber was its scientific name.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
In the shape of pigs—fat, roly-poly and cute—they scampered off a little distance and sat down to think about their new condition.Little Wizard Stories of Oz | L. Frank Baum
He was a roly-poly little man; over seventy now but still healthy-looking, with an apple-cheeked, sunburned face.Gone Fishing | James H. Schmitz
Roast stuffed duckling with baked potatoes, string beans and brussels sprouts, jam roly-poly and coffee!The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
"Her folks are going to travel this summer so we can't have our little roly-poly Madaline with us," she explained.The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest | Lillian Garis
British Dictionary definitions for roly-poly
plump, buxom, or rotund
British a strip of suet pastry spread with jam, fruit, or a savoury mixture, rolled up, and baked or steamed as a pudding
a plump, buxom, or rotund person
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