chum·​my | \ ˈchə-mē How to pronounce chummy (audio) \
chummier; chummiest

Definition of chummy

: quite friendly

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Other Words from chummy

chummily \ ˈchə-​mə-​lē How to pronounce chummily (audio) \ adverb
chumminess \ ˈchə-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce chumminess (audio) \ noun

Examples of chummy in a Sentence

She was getting chummy with the reporters. the neighboring families know each other but are hardly chummy

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Illustration: Silja Goetz/Illustration Division Freds at Barneys New York Laura Bush, Jack Welch and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the boldfacers who have dined on chopped salads at this chummy establishment, helmed by chef Mark Strausman. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "Saks Doubles Down on Department Stores With New Restaurant in New York City," 15 Jan. 2019 Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber are the best kind of hosts—chummy, clever, and in on the joke—and this is the epitome of easy, fun listening. Vogue, "15 Great Podcasts for Your Holiday Travel This Year," 20 Nov. 2018 The optic was particularly problematic because many in Britain believe that in 2003, then-Prime Minister Tony Blair was led under false pretenses into a ruinous war in Iraq because of his overly chummy relations with President George W. Bush. Washington Post, "Trump ready to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from far-right British group," 26 Jan. 2018 Grande and Davidson were reportedly chummy as recent as Saturday (October 13), which makes this news all the more jarring. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here Is the Full, Confusing Saga of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 Brant/Bront/Brent seems to have become quite chummy with Nelson in the intervening years. Aja Romano, Vox, "We Rate Dogs and archnemesis Brent have reconciled thanks to a puppy," 23 July 2018 The president seems to want to be chummy with Putin instead of challenging him. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 And the film hits all the right notes for a great ski film: sweeping unfamiliar landscapes, badass descents, and the chummy laughing that makes these things fun. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "When War Veterans Return to Iraq—This Time to Go Skiing," 29 Nov. 2018 Get chummy with the concierge at your hotel (or the chef!) and pick their brain about the best places to eat in the area. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Cancún, Mexico," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of chummy

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chummy was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of chummy

informal + old-fashioned : very friendly


chum·​my | \ ˈchə-mē How to pronounce chummy (audio) \
chummier; chummiest

Kids Definition of chummy

: very friendly He slapped me on the back in a chummy way.

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