adjective, tub·bi·er, tub·bi·est.

short and fat: a tubby child.
having a dull, thumping sound; lacking resonance.

Origin of tubby

First recorded in 1800–10; tub + -y1
Related formstub·bi·ness, noun
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adjective -bier or -biest

shaped like a tub
rare having little resonance
Derived Formstubbiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for tubby

"shaped like a tub, corpulent," 1835, from tub + -y (2). The noun meaning "a fat person" is attested from 1891.

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