• WordNet 3.6
    • adj roly-poly short and plump
    • n roly-poly pudding made of suet pastry spread with jam or fruit and rolled up and baked or steamed
    • n roly-poly a rotund individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & a Roly-poly Rolly-poly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n roly-poly An old game, somewhat resembling bowls, played with pins and a half-sphere of wood on a floor or smooth plot of ground.
    • n roly-poly A sheet of paste spread with jam and rolled up, to form a pudding.
    • n roly-poly A low, vulgar person.
    • n roly-poly A short, stout person.
    • roly-poly Of or pertaining to a roly-poly; shaped like a roly-poly; round; pudgy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Roly-poly rōl′i-pōl′i a pudding made of a sheet of paste, covered with sweetmeats, and rolled up: a stout podgy person: an old game in which balls are bowled into holes or thrown into hats placed on the ground
    • adj Roly-poly round, podgy
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In literature:

There was roast mutton with onion sauce, and a roly-poly pudding.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
You see, he is so round and fat and roly-poly that to run makes him puff and blow.
"The Adventures of Reddy Fox" by Thornton W. Burgess
Fanny has made the roly-poly pudding,' says he; the chops are my part.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Ain't that little roly-poly of Hannah's too sweet?
"A Daughter of the Land" by Gene Stratton-Porter
Under Martha's watchful care the helpless infant grew to be a big, roly-poly boy, never out of her arms when she could avoid it.
"The Tides of Barnegat" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Oh, a man can hold his own with an English roly-poly mate: he's not stifled!
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Some time after Roly-Poly a large company of hairdressers, who were that day free from work, tumbled in.
"Yama (The Pit)" by Alexandra Kuprin
The wife was a roly-poly little body.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
No one ever forgot the roly-poly pudding made without suet; synthetic rubber was its scientific name.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
His round roly-poly body was taking a different form.
"Kazan" by James Oliver Curwood

In poetry:

"And I speak to you of care-free songs when labour's hour was o'er,
And a woman waiting for your step outside the cabin door,
And of something roly-poly that you took upon your lap,
While you listened for the stumbling, hesitating words, 'Pap, pap.'
"The Voice Of The Banjo" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The Roly Poly Science Game: Aptos man's iPad game featuring bugs garnering attention.
Mike Parisi works on his Isopod: Roly Poly Science Game at his home office in Aptos.
News Roly-Poly Shape Presages Dementia in Study.
Santa Claus is not a roly-poly old man.
Howie Minas, a roly-poly fireball of a man who talked so fast you had to play close attention, died last month.
Rolie Polie Guacamole Live In Studio.
When you pick one up and turn it over, it looks like a tiny roly-poly bug.
Roly-polys won't hurt jade plant.
Most sheep can be a little standoffish, but not this roly-poly one made from a pompom.