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[tuhb-ee] /ˈtʌb i/
adjective, tubbier, tubbiest.
short and fat:
a tubby child.
having a dull, thumping sound; lacking resonance.
Origin of tubby
1800-10; tub + -y1
Related forms
tubbiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tubby
  • The tubby are a health disaster and an aesthetic outrage to boot.
  • Manatees are tubby but lack the insulating blubber of whales.
  • These short-legged, tubby ponies-a rare breed-are promoted in the tourist industry as emblems of the moor.
  • He's a compulsive eater, a round and tubby fellow who has profound self-belief.
  • The result is a tubby vessel that is stable and fast in rough seas.
  • In art it is an oversized violin with a tubby, whiskey-contralto voice.
  • After daily injections of a new hormone, however, the tubby rodents suddenly started consuming less food and burning more fat.
  • And they walked around with tubby bodyguards who used their bellies to push us out of the way so their clients could get by.
British Dictionary definitions for tubby


adjective -bier, -biest
shaped like a tub
(rare) having little resonance
Derived Forms
tubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tubby

"shaped like a tub, corpulent," 1835, from tub + -y (2). The noun meaning "a fat person" is attested from 1891.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tubby



A trial, esp of someone's skill, acting or singing ability, etc (1903+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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