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chummy

[chuhm-ee]
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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

Synonyms

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close, devoted, familiar, congenial.
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Examples from the Web for chumminess

Historical Examples

  • That is due to the chumminess or the affinity of iron with oxygen.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • Her friendship with Lily Pendleton was not like the chumminess of other girls.

  • He was a jolly man, given to oratory and to chumminess with the arts.

    Babbitt

    Sinclair Lewis

  • A state of chumminess between persons of opposite sex and suitable ages is more or less in the line of Nature.

  • Ive always wondered at your chumminess with him, said Nelson slowly, reseating himself.


British Dictionary definitions for chumminess

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 chumminess

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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