Words for Today: “Corpulent” and “Strapping”

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Two antonyms that you’ll come across when reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (one of Word for Today’s most recommended reads) or any other light summer reading. These words describe body types. 


  1. Powerfully built; robust.
  2. large; whopping 

Remember, think strapping—whopper—but, a well-built whopper.


  1. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat. 

(all definitions courtesy of Random House Dictionary 2010) 

So it’s like this:

Well-built whopper—strapping

And what a few of those well-built whoppers will do for you—corpulent—stout; fat

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