adjective, chub·bi·er, chub·bi·est.

round and plump: a chubby child; a chubby face.

Origin of chubby

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

Synonyms for chubby

Antonyms for chubby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chubby

Contemporary Examples of chubby

Historical Examples of chubby

  • Nothing could be more comic than this chubby child, with her serious air.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Here two chubby babies are lying locked in each other's arms.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • "I may state my opinion, sir," flashed Carruthers, his chubby face reddening.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "They paint love as a chubby, laughing child," he mused bitterly.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice

  • Chubby and I nearly went under this morning and never were seen again.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

British Dictionary definitions for chubby


adjective -bier or -biest

(esp of the human form) plump and round
Derived Formschubbiness, noun

Word Origin for chubby

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

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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