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[chuhm-ee] /ˈtʃʌm i/
adjective, chummier, chummiest. Informal.
friendly; intimate; sociable.
Origin of chummy
First recorded in 1825-35; chum1 + -y1
Related forms
chummily, adverb
chumminess, noun
close, devoted, familiar, congenial. Unabridged
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  • Suppose twenty words from chummy should somehow explain it all?

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • And after the old man passed out the puppy got real, chummy with me.

  • “The Adventures of Billy Topsail” is a book to be chummy with.

  • They ain't any reason for Lanning to be so chummy with Dozier.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • For, in spite of Joan, who thought that chummy simply thought of her and flew, man does not naturally fly.

    A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
  • I like your looks, too, and I'm quite willing to be as chummy as you like.

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge Pemberton Ginther
British Dictionary definitions for chummy


adjective -mier, -miest
(informal) friendly
Derived Forms
chummily, adverb
chumminess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chummy

1874, from chum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Chumminess. Previously it was a noun, a common name for a chimney sweep, as a corruption of chinmey.

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



Very friendly; buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy (1880s+)


chum1 (1840s+)

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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