chub·​by | \ ˈchə-bē How to pronounce chubby (audio) \
chubbier; chubbiest

Definition of chubby

: plump a chubby boy

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chubbiness \ ˈchə-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce chubbiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for chubby


blubbery, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, pudgy, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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Examples of chubby in a Sentence

He was always chubby as a child. the chubby baby had slimmed down by the time she was a toddler

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Artist Jacob Souva, from upstate New York, gives readers a chubby Pedro with suspenders. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "These books will keep kids reading this summer - and discovering Alaska in the process," 6 July 2019 The procession inched past Donut Avenue, where the chubby kid religiously chugged sweet tea on the way home. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Big spotlight means ‘everything changed’ for Imperial boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr.," 23 June 2019 Racklin said that Alamudun grew a lot from the chubby kid with goggles who entered the program his freshman year, the one who could barely get off the ground. Matt Szabo,, "Daily Pilot Boys' Basketball Dream Team: Jakob Alamudun grew into top talent for Marina," 8 June 2019 Jen was a chubby kid, and her negative body image started young. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: How I Finally Got Rid of My Relationship Baggage," 28 May 2019 No shame in any game, and Hemsworth has taken himself down some glorious notches: Marvel again at his chubby poignance in Avengers: Endgame, oddly and sweetly his most dramatic performance yet. International‘s too lame for that kind of iconoclasm. Darren Franich,, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 Needless to say, once Crew gets a bit older and his chubby cheeks aren't the center of photos anymore, I'll be devastated. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Reveals There's a Sign-Up Sheet to Hold Baby Crew Gaines at Magnolia," 27 Mar. 2019 In second was the first photo of baby Miles (sweet chubby-cheeked muffin) and third was their ingenious Halloween costume: Chrissy as the Queen, and Legend as Prince Philip. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Legend's Top Nine on Instagram Is Full of "Love and Lactation"," 28 Dec. 2018 Yews clipped in the shape of chubby pagodas surround the performance space, adding an element of chinoiserie flair. Melissa Biggs Bradley, House Beautiful, "William Christie on Reviving a 16th-Century French Estate," 1 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of chubby

1722, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chubby

: somewhat fat


chub·​by | \ ˈchə-bē How to pronounce chubby (audio) \
chubbier; chubbiest

Kids Definition of chubby

: somewhat fat a chubby baby

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