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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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 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 Al Bello/Getty Images IMPERIAL, Calif. — Andy Ruiz Jr. is chubby, there’s no getting around that. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Andy Ruiz Jr. Shocked the Boxing World. But Not His Hometown.," 16 June 2019 Now 10 weeks old, chubby-cheeked little Le Nhat Manh sits cradled in his grandfather's lap as the elder man sobs. CNN, "Young Vietnamese workers risking life and death on 'the line' to Europe," 28 Oct. 2019 The fan missed them, but Chamberland called police, and wide-eyed, chubby-cheeked Marie, now 4 months old, was removed from the home. Globe Staff,, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 Kakapo, the heaviest psittacines alive, are too chubby to fly. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand," 6 Aug. 2019 And there was the Nissan, with two men inside: Ostrovskiy, dark and chubby, and Khaykin, pale and bald. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "The Black Cube Chronicles: The Private Investigators," 7 Oct. 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 28 Feb. 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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