[ puhj-ee ]
/ ˈpʌdʒ i /

adjective, pudg·i·er, pudg·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. pudendal canal,
  2. pudendal nerve,
  3. pudendum,
  4. pudeur,
  5. pudge,
  6. pudic,
  7. pudovkin,
  8. pudovkin, vsevolod ilarionovich,
  9. pudsey,
  10. pudu

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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British Dictionary definitions for pudgy


/ (ˈpʌdʒɪ) /

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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