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  1. Northeastern U.S. the bufflehead.
  2. Informal. a chubby person.
  3. an individual serving of butter shaped into a small sphere.
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Origin of butterball

First recorded in 1930–35; butter + ball1
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Related Words

portly, flabby, chunky, pudgy, stout, plump, bulky, obese, inflated, bulging, hefty, large, big, heavy, meaty, gross, bull, solid, broad, lard

Examples from the Web for butterball

Historical Examples

  • It was black-and-white-spotted and fat as a butterball, she and the little Bococks bragged.

    Blue Ridge Country

    Jean Thomas

British Dictionary definitions for butterball


noun US
  1. another name for bufflehead
  2. informal, derogatory a chubby or fat person
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