corpulency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n corpulency more than average fatness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Corpulency Excessive fatness; fleshiness; obesity.
    • Corpulency Thickness; density; compactness. "The heaviness and corpulency of water requiring a great force to divide it."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Corpulency fleshiness of body; excessive fatness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. corpulentia,: cf. F. corpulence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. corpus, the body.

Usage

In literature:

They were all remarkably corpulent, which in that country is the highest mark of beauty.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was a man of corpulent figure and flabby muscles.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
He was stout and well-built, inclining to corpulence, his features remarkably good, although his eyes were not large.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Mr John Forster was about the middle height, rather inclined to corpulency, but with great show of muscular strength.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Those of gouty or corpulent tendencies will find these of especial use.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
He was as tall as he was corpulent.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
The corporal was an enormous man; tall, and so corpulent, that he weighed nearly twenty stone.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
Latterly he had become corpulent.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The Camanchees are low in stature, and usually are rather corpulent.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
So were his corpulent mother and Tekkona and Oblooria; so also were Oolichuk, Ivitchuk, and Akeetolik.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

There once was a corpulent carp
Who wanted to play on a harp,
But to his chagrin
So short was his fin
That he couldn't reach up to C sharp.
"The Musical Carp" by Carolyn Wells
Do the feaster's gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
A Christian's state and case
Is not a corpulent, but a thinne and spare,
Yet active strength: whose long and bonie face
Content and care
Do seem to equally divide,
Like a pretender, not a bride.
"The Size" by George Herbert
We mark the orchards fruited deep,
The flocks of well-contented sheep,
The drowsing kine all corpulent and sated.
We gaze with gladness undisguised,
And thank our stars we're civilised;
Yet long for life a shade less complicated.
"Frankenstein" by C J Dennis
'All at once the thud of horses' hoofs was heard along the street; the
commander-in-chief was riding by with his staff. He was riding at a walking
pace, a stout, corpulent man, with drooping head, and epaulettes hanging on
his breast.
"Hang Him!" by Ivan Turgenev

In news:

The brave German communist John Heartfield's photomontages include a 1932 image of Hitler, his arm lifted in a Nazi salute as a corpulent businessman hands him cash.
As the Washington Post 's svelte war-zone reporter Ernesto LondoƱo reported Monday, Uncle Sam's fighting forces are really busy weeding out corpulent corporals.
Shouts a reporter to the corpulent master of suspense, then nearing his 40th year of filmmaking.
Shouts a reporter to the corpulent master of suspense, then nearing his fortieth year of filmmaking.
Raji (left), Boone's size is more thickness than corpulence.
The corpulent visage of Henry VIII peers at me across the centuries from the pages of Baziliwlogia: A Booke of Kings.
Everyone's favorite corpulent Alabama-based automotive superhero, Serra Honda Man, is back with a new commercial co-starring Serra Honda Girl.
The unflichingly resolute Civil War general (yep, the one who burned Atlanta) and the jolly, corpulent Eddie Murphy character in the Nutty Professor films.
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