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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Irons was 44 and had never lived in the wilderness; Aspen was 40, soft and a bit chubby now. Author: Roger Kaye, Anchorage Daily News, "In new documentary, ‘rewilding’ a home painstakingly crafted in the Alaska Bush," 22 June 2020 Swipes and screens once deemed too complicated to attempt are now lifelines to chubby-cheeked minors. Beth Spotswood,, "With help of tools like Zoom, grandparents stay connected," 1 Apr. 2020 Round Design by Monica Park Schell recommends round nails for clients who tend to think of their fingers as short or chubby. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "The Nail Shapes Dictionary: All the Need-to-Know Styles," 26 Mar. 2020 Gnocchi is a broad category of small, chubby, soft pastas with many variations within Italy and also all over the world, from Brazil to Somalia. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Ricotta Gnocchi Gets You That "Fresh Pasta Experience" With Less of the Labor," 28 Apr. 2020 This white, male doctor, probably in his 50s, looked at me (a chubby 30-year old Latina) quickly and dismissively. Cathy De La Cruz, Allure, "My Journey to a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Wearing a CPAP Machine," 13 Mar. 2020 Eat them at restaurants like Guerrilla Tacos and Guelaguetza or buy them at a handful of markets in L.A. These chubby Tex-Mex style tortillas made from ultra-soft, ultra-white flour in San Antonio, Texas. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "Stockpile These Tortillas for a Lifetime of Great Tacos," 13 Feb. 2020 The girls’ youthful faces—especially seen in the chubby cheeks of the youngest one—also differ from the drawn, adult face of the maid. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Witty, Domestic Gambit," 24 Jan. 2020 In a throwback lookalike image Kylie posted in February, her mother Kris Jenner held her youngest child in her arms while baby Kylie looked directly at the camera, showing off her dark eyes and precious chubby cheeks under a party hat. Jen Juneau,, "Seeing Double! Kylie Jenner Posts Side-by-Side Photos of Herself and Daughter Stormi," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of chubby

1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Chubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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