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chubby

[chuhb-ee] /ˈtʃʌb i/
adjective, chubbier, chubbiest.
1.
round and plump:
a chubby child; a chubby face.
Origin of chubby
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; chub + -y1
Related forms
chubbily, adverb
chubbiness, noun
Synonyms
pudgy, heavy, fleshy, roly-poly.
Antonyms
lean, svelte, thin, skinny.
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  • Nothing could be more comic than this chubby child, with her serious air.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Here two chubby babies are lying locked in each other's arms.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • "I may state my opinion, sir," flashed Carruthers, his chubby face reddening.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "They paint love as a chubby, laughing child," he mused bitterly.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • chubby and I nearly went under this morning and never were seen again.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
British Dictionary definitions for chubby

chubby

/ˈtʃʌbɪ/
adjective -bier, -biest
1.
(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
adj.

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"]

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