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chubby

[chuhb-ee] /ˈtʃʌb i/
adjective, chubbier, chubbiest.
1.
round and plump:
a chubby child; a chubby face.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; chub + -y1
Related forms
chubbily, adverb
chubbiness, noun
Synonyms
pudgy, heavy, fleshy, roly-poly.
Antonyms
lean, svelte, thin, skinny.
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Examples from the web for chubby
  • He had chubby cheeks and a jack-o'-lantern's triangular nose.
  • Half a dozen chubby sheep graze dreamily on the meadow.
  • Short and chubby, she always thought she was quite the beauty.
  • Lots of dolls, especially one that cackled hysterically and kicked up her legs when you waved a hand near her chubby cheeks.
  • They are distinctive with their long fins and chubby head.
  • Groundhogs are chubby mammals with flattened heads, stubby legs and short, bushy tails.
British Dictionary definitions for chubby

chubby

/ˈtʃʌbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
(esp of the human form) plump and round
Derived Forms
chubbiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from chub, with reference to the plump shape of the fish
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Word Origin and History for chubby
adj.

1610s, literally "resembling a chub," from chub, the short, thick type of fish + -y (2). Perhaps influenced by Old Norse kumba "log," kumben "stumpy."

ME chubbe ... was also used of a "lazy, spiritless fellow; a rustic, simpleton; dolt, fool" (1558), whilst Bailey has "Chub, a Jolt-head, a great-headed, full-cheeked Fellow," a description reminiscent of that of the chevin, another name for the chub ... Thus the nickname may have meant either "short and thick, dumpy like a chub," or "of the nature of a chub, dull and clownish." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]

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