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[chuhm-ee] /ˈtʃʌm i/
adjective, chummier, chummiest. Informal.
friendly; intimate; sociable.
Origin of chummy
1825-35; chum1 + -y1
Related forms
chummily, adverb
chumminess, noun
close, devoted, familiar, congenial. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chummy
  • Yet the eco-friendly fuel is beginning to look less chummy of late.
  • In fact, the real threat comes from overly chummy links between a state and its multinationals.
  • It has also increased their willingness to act as stern monitors rather than chummy advisers.
  • The chummy nature of the photos contributed to both these officials losing their jobs that year.
  • But because he had no duties, he idled away his time becoming chummy with various stars and heavenly constellations.
British Dictionary definitions for chummy


adjective -mier, -miest
(informal) friendly
Derived Forms
chummily, adverb
chumminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for chummy

1874, from chum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Chumminess. Previously it was a noun, a common name for a chimney sweep, as a corruption of chinmey.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chummy



Very friendly; buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy (1880s+)


chum1 (1840s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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