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 Kevin and Madison are so chummy on Kate's wedding day, despite having called off the wedding in the present day. Dan Snierson,, 26 May 2021 Keegan-Michael Key puts in a solid turn as the quietly intense Jordan, but the undeniable star of the show is Heidi Gardner as his chummy everyman security officer, John Michael Wozniak. Matthew Love, Vulture, 28 May 2021 In the flash-forward, Madison and Kevin are very chummy. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 May 2021 Cheney and Trump weren’t exactly chummy before January 6, either. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 May 2021 Kerry has previously been accused of being too chummy with his former Iranian counterpart. Eric Shawn, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2021 Most of the members were engaged in chummy conversation and were showing each other content on their phones. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021 Pearce makes the writer just chummy enough to like with a few possible cad-like tendencies thrown in to keep it interesting. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2021 The two of them were in that closet, all chummy, for an hour. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chummy

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chummy

chum entry 1 + -y entry 1

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17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Chummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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