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[chuhb-ee] /ˈtʃʌb i/
adjective, chubbier, chubbiest.
round and plump:
a chubby child; a chubby face.
Origin of chubby
First recorded in 1605-15; chub + -y1
Related forms
chubbily, adverb
chubbiness, noun
pudgy, heavy, fleshy, roly-poly.
lean, svelte, thin, skinny. Unabridged
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  • His face changed, and he took the chubby hand so gently, that Polly peeped to see what it meant.

    An Old-fashioned Girl Louisa May Alcott
  • He wore large, round spectacles, and had pink, chubby cheeks.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • Mr. Peck raised his hands, palms upward, and then dropped them to his chubby knees with a sharp slap.

  • They were not fat babies—oh no, oh no—not fat but just chubby and easy to squeeze.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • Mr. Bodery extended his chubby white hand and touched a small gong.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for chubby


adjective -bier, -biest
(esp of the human form) plump and round
Derived Forms
chubbiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from chub, with reference to the plump shape of the fish
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Word Origin and History for chubby

1610s, literally "resembling a chub," from chub, the short, thick type of fish + -y (2). Perhaps influenced by Old Norse kumba "log," kumben "stumpy."

ME chubbe ... was also used of a "lazy, spiritless fellow; a rustic, simpleton; dolt, fool" (1558), whilst Bailey has "Chub, a Jolt-head, a great-headed, full-cheeked Fellow," a description reminiscent of that of the chevin, another name for the chub ... Thus the nickname may have meant either "short and thick, dumpy like a chub," or "of the nature of a chub, dull and clownish." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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