but·​ter·​ball ˈbə-tər-ˌbȯl How to pronounce butterball (audio)
: a chubby person

Examples of butterball in a Sentence

I was a little butterball when I was a child.
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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of butterball was in 1813

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“Butterball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterball. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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