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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Regular readers of the daily newsletter may be partial to the brand's chummy, punny, informal language, but in my case, 200-plus pages of Skimm-speak proved a test of endurance. Nneka Mcguire, Dallas News, "Do millennial women really need the book 'How to Skimm Your Life'? Give us more credit," 25 June 2019 Saslaw, a canny veteran of Capitol politics who is ardently pro-business and chummy with Republicans, hasn't faced a primary challenger in 40 years. CBS News, "Virginia holds primary election as political watchers look for 2020 trends," 11 June 2019 Ed also makes frequent stops at the grocery store to stock up, getting chummy with the clerks and then blowing any goodwill by writing a check. Detroit Free Press, "Don’t see ‘The Tomorrow Man’ today, or ever," 6 June 2019 This resembles the chummy relationship between the George W. Bush White House and Bandar bin Sultan, the son of Saudi Arabia’s former defense minister and the ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 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

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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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