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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The roller-coaster romance provided an emotional foundation for all the winning barbs and banter among the pub’s chummy regulars. Noel Murray, New York Times, "Need a Laugh? Need a Lot? Stream These 15 Binge-Worthy Sitcoms," 19 Mar. 2020 The normally chummy senators won’t even be allowed to talk at length to people nearby or walk on certain areas of the Senate floor. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST," 19 Jan. 2020 The normally chummy senators won’t even be allowed to talk at length to people nearby or walk on certain areas of the Senate floor. Mary Clare Jalonick,, "For senators during Trump impeachment trial, there’s no escape — and no cellphones," 19 Jan. 2020 So the director of the best entries in this series, Justin Lin, has returned to breathe some new life into the adventures of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his chummy crew. David Sims, The Atlantic, "25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 The comments came after Johnson won U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval for his approach in talks to leave the EU after a chummy meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in France. Washington Post, "Johnson acknowledges touch and go prospects for Brexit deal," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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