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chummy

[chuhm-ee]
adjective, chum·mi·er, chum·mi·est. Informal.
  1. friendly; intimate; sociable.
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Origin of chummy

First recorded in 1825–35; chum1 + -y1
Related formschum·mi·ly, adverbchum·mi·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for chummily

Historical Examples

  • Kirke grabbed my hand and squeezed it chummily, and I smiled at him.

    Sunny Slopes

    Ethel Hueston

  • She held out a slender shapely hand and Connie took it quickly, chummily, and the two girls turned toward the door.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston


British Dictionary definitions for chummily

chummy

adjective -mier or -miest
  1. informal friendly
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Derived Formschummily, adverbchumminess, noun
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Word Origin and History for chummily

chummy

adj.

1874, from chum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Chumminess. Previously it was a noun, a common name for a chimney sweep, as a corruption of chinmey.

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