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[stuhb-ee] /ˈstʌb i/
adjective, stubbier, stubbiest.
of the nature of or resembling a stub.
short and thick or broad; thick-set or squat:
stubby fingers.
consisting of or abounding in stubs.
bristly, as the hair or beard.
Origin of stubby
1565-75; stub1 + -y1
Related forms
stubbily, adverb
stubbiness, noun Unabridged
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  • "Yes, she does," declared Joel, shaking his stubby head decidedly.

  • Finally, the stubby scout rocket was winging its way over New York.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • As it fell inside the fence, Billy kicked up his heels, whisked his stubby tail, and started down the road at a fast trot.

    Billy Whiskers Frances Trego Montgomery
  • The soles of the old pair were intact, but the stubby toes were protruding.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He patted the animal's neck, called him pet names, and gently stroked his stubby mane.

  • "Watch him, stubby," said one of the young assemblyman's enemies.

  • Jimmy thereupon released them and stood up, brushing down his tousled hair with his stubby fingers.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for stubby


adjective -bier, -biest
short and broad; stumpy or thickset
bristling and stiff
(Austral, slang) Also called stubbie. a small bottle of beer
Derived Forms
stubbily, adverb
stubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stubby

"short and thick," 1570s, from stub + -y (2); of persons, from 1831.

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