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adjective, chub·bi·er, chub·bi·est.
  1. round and plump: a chubby child; a chubby face.
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Origin of chubby

First recorded in 1605–15; chub + -y1
Related formschub·bi·ly, adverbchub·bi·ness, noun


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Historical Examples

  • Anson's chubbiness would be deceptive, his good nature not the kind that he would maintain under serious pressure.

    The Trial of Callista Blake

    Edgar Pangborn

  • On account of the brother and his chubbiness they were more easily overtaken than the others.

  • He lost his chubbiness and his pink prettiness and became thin and wiry, brown faced and brown limbed.

  • He found himself staring in a face, a face that still had some of the chubbiness of boyhood.

  • How folks would rejoice at the chubbiness of the Prince, when they saw a evidence of his bare dimensions smoking on their table!

British Dictionary definitions for chubbiness


adjective -bier or -biest
  1. (esp of the human form) plump and round
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Derived Formschubbiness, noun

Word Origin

C17: perhaps from chub, with reference to the plump shape of the fish
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Word Origin and History for chubbiness


1805, from chubby + -ness.

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1610s, literally "resembling a chub," from chub, the short, thick type of fish + -y (2). Perhaps influenced by Old Norse kumba "log," kumben "stumpy."

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"]
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