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[poj-ee] /ˈpɒdʒ i/
adjective, podgier, podgiest. Chiefly British.
Related forms
podgily, adverb
podginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for podgy
Historical Examples
  • Shakespeare was probably of middle height, or below it, and podgy.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Carmela was podgy, but she might lace or not just as she pleased.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • He was a short man in the late thirties, red-headed and inclined to be podgy.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • He is a stumpy, short, podgy man; but then so also was my Arab friend at Suez.

    George Walker at Suez Anthony Trollope
  • I am not sure but he is the most good-natured, though he is so podgy.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • She had disgusting hands, fat and podgy and covered with rings.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • On the podgy form of Lackaday's predecessor it produced its comic effect.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • He went over to the Hermes and lifted it, holding it for a moment in his podgy hands.

    The Cathedral Sir Hugh Walpole
  • Mr. Saunderson brought the tips of his red, podgy fingers together with great exactness.

  • When opposite old Colonel Sponge, a podgy figure standing at attention, the general's face set in still more grim and stern lines.

    Last Words Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for podgy


adjective podgier, podgiest
short and fat; chubby
Derived Forms
podgily, adverb
podginess, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for podgy

1846, later collateral form of pudgy (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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