SKIP TO CONTENT

rotund

Rotund describes anything that's plump or round, like a teapot or your chubby Aunt Agnes.

Rotund describes someone who is round in shape, or obese. It's not a compliment. That's why it's probably okay to call Santa Claus rotund, but not your neighbor — at least not to his face! It's fine to call round things rotund, however, like a rotund vase full of flowers, which particularly makes sense when you know that the root of rotund is the Latin word rotundus, meaning round, circular, like a wheel.

Definitions of rotund
  1. adjective
    spherical in shape
    Synonyms:
    rounded
    curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged
  2. adjective
    excessively large
    synonyms: corpulent, obese, weighty
    fat
    having an (over)abundance of flesh
  3. adjective
    (of sounds) full and rich
    “the rotund and reverberating phrase”
    synonyms: orotund, pear-shaped, round
    full
    (of sound) having marked deepness and body
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week