Adjective "rotund" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) large and plump.
  1. 'And just for good measure, he is given distinct abilities from his shorter, rotund brother.'
  2. 'Her rotund frame was crowded onto a porch swing, her naturally white hair colored, poorly, I might add, red.'
  3. 'Just as she reached the stairs to enter the house, an ugly gelding cantered to a stop and the rotund rider ungracefully dismounted.'
  4. 'The rotund and lawyerlike Taft did not enjoy a happy presidency.'
  5. 'A bit rotund, she seemed very centered on her relatively small pillow.'
  6. 'Armstrong whirled around and saw a rotund man with a large cigar and a beard come storming across the bridge.'
  7. 'He was a small, rotund old man, but he knew his trade well.'
  8. 'Two beady eyes set too far apart regarded them lifelessly, head cocked to the side to expose what little neck the rotund man had.'
  9. 'After about an hour, I think I hear one of the receptionists, a rotund lady with bushy red hair, call out my name.'
  10. 'They entered, and a small, rotund man stood up and greeted them.'
  11. 'huge stoves held great rotund cauldrons'
  12. 'The approached a strange formation in the side of the cliff: a large, rotund tunnel dug deep into the side of the mountain.'
(of speech or literary style) sonorous; grandiloquent.
  1. 'So the style becomes more rotund, more rococo, more elaborate.'
  2. 'This phraseology is grandiose, rotund and sonorous, but signifies a fatal weakness in Walcott's approach to both Brand and Philip.'


1. round in shape; rounded: ripe, rotund fruit.

2. plump; fat.

3. full-toned or sonorous: rotund speeches.

More examples(as adjective)

"puffins can be rotund in/at/on feet."

"puffins can be rotund with legs."

"puffins can be rotund behind bills."

"figures can be rotund."

"puffins can be rotund."

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Late 15th century: from Latin rotundus, from rotare ‘rotate’.