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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Example sentences
His body has slipped back into a normal shape, slightly pudgy.
Visitors never seemed to tire of watching the pudgy couple munch bamboo.
Some rescued pictures of the pudgy dictator before searching for trapped
  relations.
In one case, it looked to be true, although genially pudgy would probably be a
  more accurate description than simply fat.
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