Definition of tubby in English:
adjective (tubbier, tubbiest)
1 informal (Of a person) short and rather fat.
[referring to the shape of a tub]
- Since his medication seems to have made him less energetic and incredibly gluttonous, he's getting rather tubby now.
- On the other hand, this will not be a great night for couture designers; Jack is a driven character, but also short, tubby and bedraggled, heedless of fashion's demands.
- The defiant stare, too, would have made a subtle effect, emphasised by the averted, pixellated face of the tubby, shorter guard.
2(Of a sound) lacking resonance; dull.
[referring to the sound of a tub when struck]
- One would think that all those cellos would produce a thick, tubby sound, but Boulez's rhythmic and contrapuntal virtuosity keep the music lively and athletic.
- The Stokowski recording is a bit tubby here but it is an exciting performance.
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- Similarly, using a bass control to correct tubbiness or muddy bass response also falls short of success.
- And tubbiness is a leading contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease, one of our biggest killers.
- The reflectors give the soundboard the more optimum grand piano shape, enhancing the treble, providing longer sustain, eliminating tubbiness in the bass, while helping provide clarity of tone.
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