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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.
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Origin of tubby

First recorded in 1800–10; tub + -y1
Related formstub·bi·ness, noun
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Related Words

beefy, big, brawny, broad, bulging, bulky, burly, chubby, chunky, dumpy, elephantine, fleshy, gargantuan, gross, heavy, hefty, husky, large, obese, overweight

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British Dictionary definitions for tubby


adjective -bier or -biest
  1. plump
  2. shaped like a tub
  3. rare having little resonance
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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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