chum·​my | \ ˈchə-mē How to pronounce chummy (audio) \
chummier; chummiest

Definition of chummy

: quite friendly

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
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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Chummy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for chummy


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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