adjective, pudg·i·er, pudg·i·est.

short and fat or thick: an infant's pudgy fingers.

Also especially British, podgy.

Origin of pudgy

First recorded in 1830–40; origin uncertain
Related formspudg·i·ly, adverbpudg·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for pudgy

chubby, plump, hefty, rotund, round, stout, tubby, plumpish

Examples from the Web for pudgy

Contemporary Examples of pudgy

Historical Examples of pudgy

  • And she laughed and laughed, slapping her fat knee with a pudgy, ring-laden hand.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • His pudgy fingers trembled about the pen as he scratched on the pad before him.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • She had a little baby, a new one, a pudgy red-looking thing.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • There was an odd expression of defiance overlaid with fear on his pudgy features.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • In the middle of the room stood the Elf, with pudgy hand extended.

    The Shadow Witch

    Gertrude Crownfield

British Dictionary definitions for pudgy


adjective pudgier or pudgiest

a variant spelling (esp US) of podgy
Derived Formspudgily, adverbpudginess, noun

Word Origin for pudgy

C19: of uncertain origin; compare earlier pudsy plump, perhaps from Scottish pud stomach, plump child
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Word Origin and History for pudgy

also podgy, 1824, from colloquial pudge "anything short and thick" + -y (2). Perhaps related to pudsy "plump" (1754), possibly a diminutive of nursery word pud "hand, forepaw" (from 17c.). A connection with pudding also has been conjectured. In late 19c. often on lists of English local or dialectal words; sources also mention puddy, punchy, pluggy, pudget as relatives or variants. Related: Pudginess.

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