Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Rounded in figure; plump. See Synonyms at fat.
  • adj. Having a full, rich sound; sonorous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a round or spherical shape; circular; orbicular.
  • adj. Round in body shape; portly or plump; podgy.
  • adj. Full and rich; orotund; sonorous; full-toned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Round; circular; spherical.
  • adj. Hence, complete; entire.
  • adj. orbicular, or nearly so.
  • n. A rotunda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Round or roundish; spherical or globular; rounded out; convexly protuberant; bulbous: as, a rotund paunch or figure.
  • In botany and entomology, circumscribed by one unbroken curve, or without angles: as, a rotund leaf or wing.
  • n. A rotunda.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of sounds) full and rich
  • adj. spherical in shape
  • adj. excessively fat

Etymologies

Latin rotundus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rotundus ("round"), from Latin rota ("wheel"), from Proto-Indo-European *ret- (“to run, to roll”) . (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rumor also has it that Bradley lured a certain rotund blogger to the Atlantic.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Strangeness of the Bush Era

  • He was big -- I'd go a step further and say "rotund" -- and flamboyant.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • And with new evidence supporting that these dinosaurs were more "rotund" than previously hypothesized, the image sticks in my mind of this little pig-bodied, parrot-beaked reptile, studiously pawing the Early Cretaceous subtropical regions that are now Western Siberia, in search of roots, tubers, or a place in the mud to cool off.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • #18 - I liked the writing, didn't think it was "rotund".

    And that as they say is vat...err that.

  • The "rotund" man with the "violent temper [and] dictatorial, commanding attitude" toward the masseuse, acted like a "crazed sex poodle."

    News of the Weird / Pro Edition

  • Isn't there quite a few "rotund" people in the Obama administration???

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Geoffrey Godsell was a brilliant, bald, - and there is no other word for it - "rotund"

    Christian Science Monitor | Top Stories

  • Of a naturally "rotund" frame (think Andy Reid), Wolves fans are hoping that he will cut it at Premiership level.

    The Guardian World News

  • He says of woman: I believe it to be true that she is very much less the race than man; that she is, indeed, not even half the race at present, but rather a part of it told specially off for the continuance of the species, just as truly as drones or male spiders are parts of their species told off for the performance of male-functions, or as 'rotund' honey ants are individual insects told off to act as living honey jars to the community.

    Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution

  • A rotund white-haired man in a sweater and dress slacks adjusts a music stand on the left side of the large raised platform at the front of the chapel, and leads the congregation in a melody drawn from the green hymnals scattered throughout the pew backs.

    American Grace

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  • round shape; rounded: "my girlfriend says my belly is rotund"
    www.dictionary.com

    October 1, 2010