pudginess

pudgy

[puhj-ee]
adjective, pudgier, pudgiest.
short and fat or thick: an infant's pudgy fingers.
Also, especially British, podgy.


Origin:
1830–40; origin uncertain

pudgily, adverb
pudginess, noun
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pudgy (ˈpʌdʒɪ)
 
adj , pudgier, pudgiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of podgy
 
[C19: of uncertain origin; compare earlier pudsy plump, perhaps from Scottish pud stomach, plump child]
 
'pudgily
 
adv
 
'pudginess
 
n

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pudgy
1836, from colloquial pudge (1808) "anything short and thick," perhaps from pudsy "plump" (1754), possibly a dim. of nursery word pud "hand, forepaw." A connection with pudding (q.v.) also has been conjectured.
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