[ roun-did ]
/ ˈraʊn dɪd /


reduced to simple curves; made round.
Phonetics. pronounced with rounded lips; labialized: “Boot” has a rounded vowel.Compare spread(def 40), unrounded.
fully developed, perfected, or complete; diversified and well-balanced (sometimes used in combination): a well-rounded education; a rounded character.

Nearby words

  1. round-the-clock,
  2. round-trip ticket,
  3. round-tripper,
  4. roundabout,
  5. roundabout chair,
  6. roundedly,
  7. roundel,
  8. roundelay,
  9. rounder,
  10. rounders

Origin of rounded

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at round1, -ed2

Related formsround·ed·ly, adverbround·ed·ness, noun

Origin of round

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English rond, round < Old French, stem of ront, earlier reont < Latin rotundus round, circular (see rotund); (noun) Middle English, partly derivative of the adj., partly < Old French rond, ronde (derivative of ront); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (adv. and preposition) Middle English, apparently aphetic variant of around

Related formsround·ness, noun


[ round ]
/ raʊnd /

verb (used with or without object) Archaic.

to whisper.

Origin of round

before 1000; Middle English rounen, Old English rūnian, derivative of rūn a secret, rune1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rounded

British Dictionary definitions for rounded


/ (ˈraʊndɪd) /


round or curved
having been made round or curved
full, mature, or complete
(of the lips) pursed, as in pronouncing the sound ()
(of a speech sound) articulated with rounded lips
Derived Formsroundedly, adverbroundedness, noun

Derived Formsroundness, noun

Word Origin for round

C13: from Old French ront, from Latin rotundus round, from rota a wheel


See around

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Word Origin and History for rounded
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for rounded


A song that can be begun at different times by different singers, but with harmonious singing (see harmony) as the result. “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is a round.

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Idioms and Phrases with rounded


In addition to the idioms beginning with round

  • round and round
  • round figures
  • round off
  • round on
  • round out
  • round peg in a square hole
  • round robin
  • round the bend
  • round trip
  • round up

also see:

  • all year round
  • bring around (round)
  • come around (round)
  • get around (round)
  • in round numbers
  • in the round
  • make the rounds
  • other way round
  • pull round
  • rally around

Also see underaround.

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