[ chuhb-ee ]
/ ˈtʃʌb i /

adjective, chub·bi·er, chub·bi·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. chub,
  2. chub mackerel,
  3. chub rub,
  4. chubb,
  5. chubbiness,
  6. chubsucker,
  7. chubut,
  8. chuchchi,
  9. chuchow,
  10. chuck

Origin of chubby

First recorded in 1605–15; chub + -y1

Related formschub·bi·ly, adverbchub·bi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chubby


/ (ˈtʃʌbɪ) /

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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