adjective, stub·bi·er, stub·bi·est.

of the nature of or resembling a stub.
short and thick or broad; thick-set or squat: stubby fingers.
consisting of or abounding in stubs.
bristly, as the hair or beard.

Origin of stubby

First recorded in 1565–75; stub1 + -y1
Related formsstub·bi·ly, adverbstub·bi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stubby

fat, squat, stocky, stout, stumpy, heavyset, thickset

Examples from the Web for stubby

Contemporary Examples of stubby

Historical Examples of stubby

  • Finally, the stubby scout rocket was winging its way over New York.

    The Leech

    Phillips Barbee

  • The soles of the old pair were intact, but the stubby toes were protruding.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • "Watch him, Stubby," said one of the young assemblyman's enemies.

  • Pieter Heemskerk stood by the ramp to the stubby G-boat and checked his watch.


    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • The ungainly, stubby forms seemed to rise from every crevice in the floor.

British Dictionary definitions for stubby


adjective -bier or -biest

short and broad; stumpy or thickset
bristling and stiff


Also called: stubbie Australian slang a small bottle of beer
Derived Formsstubbily, adverbstubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stubby

"short and thick," 1570s, from stub + -y (2); of persons, from 1831.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper