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chubby

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌbi
 
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Definition of chubby in English:

adjective (chubbier, chubbiest)

Plump and rounded: a pretty child with chubby cheeks
More example sentences
  • The man carrying the knife was much shorter than his accomplice and was described as chubby with a red face.
  • I felt sorry for the innumerable chubby people at the front who had to be gasping for air.
  • It came as a shock to see how chubby he was as both a child and an early teenager.
Synonyms
plump, tubby, roly-poly, rotund, portly, stout, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, well upholstered, well covered, well padded, of ample proportions, ample, round, rounded, well rounded;
buxom
British informal podgy, fubsy
North American informal zaftig, corn-fed, lard-assed
archaic pursy

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'short and thickset, like a chub'): from chub.

More
  • This originally meant ‘short and thickset like a chub’, a chub (Late Middle English) being a thick-bodied European river fish. The origin of its name is unknown.

Derivatives

chubbily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • She was a chubbily built woman with a pleasant countenance.

chubbiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Curly blond hair and chubbiness is also useful (although this is likely to have more influence on aunts and elderly neighbours than your parents).
  • The red hair had turned auburn, and the chubbiness had turned to muscle.
  • I felt oddly paternal, a sensation reinforced by his innocent features and his slight chubbiness.

Words that rhyme with chubby

clubby, cubby, grubby, hubby, nubby, scrubby, shrubby, stubby, tubby

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