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 chummy (audio) \ adverb
chumminess \ ˈchə-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce chummy (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
Recent Examples on the Web Franchisees and executives at burger chains, hotels and fruit-basket shops used to count on chummy relations to bolster their businesses. Micah Maidenberg And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "The Franchise Relationship That Powers Small Business Is Fraying," 30 Nov. 2020 Ana Navarro — a Republican but fierce Trump critic — took the chummy chat even further. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Cindy McCain tells 'The View' she loved Joe Biden's speech so much she watched it twice," 9 Nov. 2020 Remarkably, the three are still chummy on topics other than Brexit. Angela Dewan, CNN, "America's role as global leader all but died under Trump. The world was outgrowing it anyway," 1 Nov. 2020 Early in the pandemic, Cuomo, who has known Trump for almost four decades, tried the chummy approach, in appealing to the White House for supplies and aid. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 With its chummy relationship with the Trump administration, Oracle may have the inside track to get a deal done. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "TikTok: What Oracle deal with ByteDance would mean for you if Trump administration approves it," 15 Sep. 2020 Narrator Xe Sands is perfectly lively, chummy, and spirited. Rochelle M. O’gorman, The Christian Science Monitor, "The four best audiobooks of June to take you places," 23 June 2020 The men appear so chummy that the Mexican president, who has not traveled outside his country since taking office nearly 18 months ago, is talking about visiting his U.S. counterpart. Christopher Sherman, The Christian Science Monitor, "From threats to solidarity, virus reconciles US-Mexico leaders," 23 Apr. 2020 Kondelis then juxtaposes statements by Arizona's Sean Miller and LSU's Will Wade with wiretapped phone calls of the two men engaging in chummy conversations with Dawkins, with Wade at one point joking about how much a player would be paid. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Scheme' makes college basketball look bad, and the FBI look worse," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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13 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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