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[puhj-ee] /ˈpʌdʒ i/
adjective, pudgier, pudgiest.
short and fat or thick:
an infant's pudgy fingers.
Also, especially British, podgy.
Origin of pudgy
First recorded in 1830-40; origin uncertain
Related forms
pudgily, adverb
pudginess, noun Unabridged
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  • They were pudgy, good-humoured, fit to lift a knife and fork, or to mend linen.

    Visionaries James Huneker
  • His pudgy fingers trembled about the pen as he scratched on the pad before him.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • "Well, it isn't hard for me to know this time," said Mrs. Weaver, her features drawn into a look of pudgy determination.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • She had a little baby, a new one, a pudgy red-looking thing.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • His pudgy fingers closed round the heavy handful of blued steel that Dink Bynum passed over and he shoved it out of sight.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for pudgy


adjective pudgier, pudgiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of podgy
Derived Forms
pudgily, adverb
pudginess, noun
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin; compare earlier pudsy plump, perhaps from Scottish pud stomach, plump child
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Word Origin and History for pudgy

also podgy, 1824, from colloquial pudge "anything short and thick" + -y (2). Perhaps related to pudsy "plump" (1754), possibly a diminutive of nursery word pud "hand, forepaw" (from 17c.). A connection with pudding also has been conjectured. In late 19c. often on lists of English local or dialectal words; sources also mention puddy, punchy, pluggy, pudget as relatives or variants. Related: Pudginess.

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