Definition of corpulent in English:

corpulent

adjective

  • (of a person) fat.

    ‘a short, somewhat corpulent man’
    • ‘Evelyn was corpulent, thick-set, grotesquely charismatic; Laila was flame-haired, wide-eyed, honey-voiced.’
    • ‘And then there was Orson Welles Square, a memorial to the corpulent director who filmed his Cannes-winning Othello here in 1949.’
    • ‘There he is on the front cover - a corpulent fellow with pink cheeks and a long, grey wig, staring out at us with a hint of arrogance: Samuel Pepys, the great diarist.’
    • ‘For Asia's health officials and increasingly corpulent citizens, the real race is to stay out of wheelchairs altogether.’
    • ‘I queued up in line, next to a rather corpulent farmer's wife.’
    • ‘It's a tense drama set in a world of bad cops, corrupt and corpulent politicians, hard men, hard liquor, and dangerous women.’
    • ‘The opposite - i.e. a short delicate man and a tall corpulent woman - is unbearable both for the couple and for others, because it is banned by the internal images and needs of middle-class society.’
    • ‘I assumed Troy was referring to the corpulent kid.’
    • ‘The corpulent lawyer chortled at this formality.’
    • ‘Upon reaching a corridor she stopped as three policemen escorting a repulsive, corpulent man in handcuffs to an interrogation room passed by in front of her.’
    • ‘A corpulent figure was silhouetted in the doorway leading to the sitting room, balancing an enameled snuff-box on his palm.’
    • ‘He was a grotesque and corpulent man, almost completely bald, and the fat around his chin gaggled loosely as he talked and shook his head.’
    • ‘Shannon Oliviera was a rather corpulent woman and she was proud of it.’
    • ‘She was hovering nervously over a corpulent man in army dress who was stuffing himself with canapés.’
    • ‘She blinked in surprise as a corpulent man sat down next to her and settled in.’
    • ‘His corpulent figure and indolent manner belied ambition and a keen political intelligence.’
    • ‘The scornful laughter of the corpulent man was accompanied by a slight hiccuping.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, at first Brutus refused to show his corpulent face, and Carter had to contend with a near mutiny from the rest of the frustrated family.’
    • ‘Their grief was really for their own lost youth, seeing in Presley's corpulent and decadent collapse a mirror image of their own sad journey from optimism to Jimmy Carter.’
    • ‘The image of corpulent couch potatoes munching deep pan pepperoni and chilli while ogling a television screen for six hours was hard to expel from your mind.’
    fat, fattish, obese, overweight, plump, portly, stout, chubby, paunchy, beer-bellied, thickset, hefty, heavy, heavyset, burly, bulky, chunky, well padded, well covered, well upholstered, meaty, fleshy, rotund, round, well rounded, broad, broad in the beam, of ample proportions, big, large, gargantuan, elephantine
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Origin

Late Middle English from Latin corpulentus, from corpus ‘body’.

Pronunciation

corpulent

/ˈkɔːpjʊl(ə)nt/