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roly-poly

adjective uk   /ˌrəʊ.liˈpəʊ.li/ us    /ˌroʊ.liˈpoʊ-/ informal humorous
(of a person) short and round: He was a roly-poly little man.

roly-poly

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌrəʊ.liˈpəʊ.li/ us    /ˌroʊ.liˈpoʊ-/ ( also roly-poly pudding) informal humorous UK
a sweet dish made with thick pastry that is spread with jam, rolled up, and cooked: jam roly-poly
Translations of “roly-poly”
in Chinese (Traditional) (指人)圓圓胖胖的,胖墩墩的,矮胖的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (指人)圆圆胖胖的,胖墩墩的,矮胖的…
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