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

Definition of chubby

: plump a chubby boy

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Other Words from chubby

chubbiness \ ˈchə-​bē-​nəs How to pronounce chubby (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 Evan Omar Polina Aguilar was a chubby 2-year-old when he was diagnosed with malignant neuroblastoma cancer in May 2019, said his mother, Lorena Aguilar. Juan Montes, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2022 Around me, pastry chefs are rolling dough into spirals of chubby croissants and plump rolls. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2022 The chubby fellow’s first entry into polygonal 3D on the Nintendo 64 is a solid outing. PCMAG, 25 Mar. 2022 Eloise and chubby and likely dowry-less Penelope aren’t the picture-perfect prospect that Daphne was. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Ryan was a chubby little boy, but has become tall and lean after a huge growth spurt. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2022 In real life, Maldonado was brown, chubby, and had big, bouncy curls. Natalia M. Perez-gonzalez,, 9 Feb. 2022 The chubby young man in thick-rimmed glasses was also gaining a taste for the high life, police and prosecutors said. Diane Jeantet, ajc, 22 Jan. 2022 Growing up in Fremont, Calif., Ali was a chubby, comic book-loving boy with severe allergies, obsessive-compulsive disorder and a Harry Potter-ish scar on his forehead from when he was hit by a motorcyclist. Jean Guerrero Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chubby

1722, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Chubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for chubby


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

Kids Definition of chubby

: somewhat fat a chubby baby

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