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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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  • And she laughed and laughed, slapping her fat knee with a pudgy, ring-laden hand.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • His pudgy fingers trembled about the pen as he scratched on the pad before him.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • She had a little baby, a new one, a pudgy red-looking thing.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • There was an odd expression of defiance overlaid with fear on his pudgy features.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • In the middle of the room stood the Elf, with pudgy hand extended.

    The Shadow Witch Gertrude Crownfield
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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