[ tuhb-ee ]
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adjective,tub·bi·er, tub·bi·est.
  1. short and fat: a tubby child.

  2. having a dull, thumping sound; lacking resonance.

Origin of tubby

First recorded in 1800–10; tub + -y1

Other words from tubby

  • tub·bi·ness, noun

Words Nearby tubby

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How to use tubby in a sentence

  • Remember the first Walkman, introduced in 1979, with its tubby buttons and workmanlike profile.

  • The tubby little sorcerer bowed his thanks and returned the folder to his belt pouch.

    The Eyes Have It | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Clouds of sail and tubby steamboats went the crowded tracks of the world's waters, not to succor and help but for gain of money.

    The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • tubby Blaisdell was splashing about in the pool before the canoe landing like a young grampus.

    Wyn's Camping Days | Amy Bell Marlowe
  • There was no time to lose if Dave wished to rescue tubby before serious injury resulted to the unfortunate fat youth.

    Wyn's Camping Days | Amy Bell Marlowe
  • It was something of a feat to bring tubby Blaisdell alongside the skiff and haul him inboard without overturning the boat.

    Wyn's Camping Days | Amy Bell Marlowe

British Dictionary definitions for tubby


/ (ˈtʌbɪ) /

adjective-bier or -biest
  1. plump

  2. shaped like a tub

  1. rare having little resonance

Derived forms of tubby

  • tubbiness, noun

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