chum·​my | \ˈchə-mē \
chummier; chummiest

Definition of chummy 

: quite friendly

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Other Words from chummy

chummily \ˈchə-​mə-​lē \ adverb
chumminess \ˈchə-​mē-​nəs \ 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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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 Once chummy and physically affectionate (in a manly man kind of way), the two world leaders have begun airing their ideological differences and policy disagreements more openly. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Macron denounces nationalism as avowed “nationalist” Trump stands steps away," 11 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. William Booth And Paul Schemm,, "Trump ready to apologize for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from far right British group," 27 Jan. 2018 But either way, the optics aren't great with officials and teams looking this chummy. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Dale Jr.: NASCAR officials, teams fist-bumping looks bad," 11 Apr. 2018 In 2011, Fox News announced that [Donald Trump] would appear weekly on ‘Fox & Friends,’ its chummy morning show. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 Despite their chummy relationship, the next day Trump tasked someone else with firing Pruitt. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Scott Pruitt Shows Loyalty to Trump Protects You — But Only for So Long," 6 July 2018 Obama came out strongly for the U.S. World Cup campaign for 2018 and 2022 as well, getting chummy with Sepp Blatter, writing letters to and meeting with the soccer politician – later to be exposed as a master crook. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 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

: very friendly


chum·​my | \ˈchə-mē \
chummier; chummiest

Kids Definition of chummy

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

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