That’s the portmanteau in yesterday’s Luann strip:

voluminous + voluptuous, probably with a bit of sumptuous mixed in — but certainly ample heft combined with sensuousness. Not a waif, and not any typical fashion model.

(Hat tip to Benita Bendon Campbell.)

The three lexical contributors, from NOAD:

adj. voluptuous: 1 (of a woman) curvaceous and sexually attractive. 2 relating to or characterized by luxury or sensual pleasure: long curtains in voluptuous crimson velvet. ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French voluptueux or Latin voluptuosus, from voluptas ‘pleasure’.

adj. voluminous: (of clothing or drapery) loose and ample.

adj. sumptuous: splendid and expensive-looking: the banquet was a sumptuous, luxurious meal.

voluptuous alone carries most of the import of volumptuous: voluptuousness requires a body with enough substance, enough padding, to be curvaceous, and also a body that is sensual to the eye and to the touch, like velvet.

One Response to “volumptuous”

  1. Bob Richmond Says:

    Let’s hear it for volumptuous women! I have the good fortune to be married to one.

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