chub·​by ˈchə-bē How to pronounce chubby (audio)
chubbier; chubbiest
: plump
a chubby boy
chubbiness noun

Example Sentences

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 Adjectives describing body size (such as chubby and thin) are the third-most-frequent category of adjectives appearing in Dogpile searches. Ogi Ogas, Discover Magazine, 20 Sep. 2011 To this day, one particular part of that experience sticks out: meeting a young boy with chubby cheeks who couldn’t have looked happier to snap pictures with the players. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 Here's a bit of nostalgia for you: remember the days when every makeup product came in chubby crayon form? Devon Abelman, Allure, 15 Nov. 2022 Browse through the current sale section to save some cash on initial pendants, chubby hoops, and more. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 26 Oct. 2022 Shown raising his right hand as if about to make a decree, Edward is a king in miniature; the only nods to his age are his chubby cheeks and a gold rattle clutched in his left hand. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Fall, however, is for fat bears -- and for Katmai National Park & Preserve's annual Fat Bear Week and its accompanying tournament of crowning a chubby champion for 2022. Forrest Brown, CNN, 5 Oct. 2022 The winning chubby cubby advances to the finals to go up against the big fellas. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 What are the chances that a little, chubby, gay girl from Long Island, tough talking, with no mom, would grow up and be me? Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chubby was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Chubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


chub·​by ˈchəb-ē How to pronounce chubby (audio)
chubbier; chubbiest
: plump entry 5
a chubby baby
chubbiness noun

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