- round and plump: a chubby child; a chubby face.
Origin of chubby
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pudgy, heavy, fleshy, roly-poly.
lean, svelte, thin, skinny.
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Examples from the Web for chubbiness
Anson's chubbiness would be deceptive, his good nature not the kind that he would maintain under serious pressure.The Trial of Callista Blake
On account of the brother and his chubbiness they were more easily overtaken than the others.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong
He lost his chubbiness and his pink prettiness and became thin and wiry, brown faced and brown limbed.An Australian Lassie
He found himself staring in a face, a face that still had some of the chubbiness of boyhood.One Man's Initiation--1917
John Dos Passos
How folks would rejoice at the chubbiness of the Prince, when they saw a evidence of his bare dimensions smoking on their table!
- (esp of the human form) plump and round
C17: perhaps from chub, with reference to the plump shape of the fish
Word Origin and History for chubbiness
ME chubbe ... was also used of a "lazy, spiritless fellow; a rustic, simpleton; dolt, fool" (1558), whilst Bailey has "Chub, a Jolt-head, a great-headed, full-cheeked Fellow," a description reminiscent of that of the chevin, another name for the chub ... Thus the nickname may have meant either "short and thick, dumpy like a chub," or "of the nature of a chub, dull and clownish." ["Dictionary of English Surnames"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper