pudgier; pudgiest
: being short and plump : chubby
pudginess noun

Example Sentences

The baby wrapped her pudgy little hand around my finger.
Recent Examples on the Web The bagels at Boichik Bagels have the look of Labrador puppies curled up for afternoon naps: soft and pudgy, golden roly-polys (practically made for that old puppy-or-bagel meme). New York Times, 8 Mar. 2021 One day, a white taxi pulled up, and a slightly pudgy man in his late thirties went inside. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 14 Dec. 2020 Coffee, this film’s profane, pudgy protagonist, could be N.W.A.’s cutely obnoxious, dreads-wearing progeny. Armond White, National Review, 10 Apr. 2020 The rubber tail and legs wiggle enticingly, a bit of flash in the head or abdomen helps fish track the fly though treetops and weed beds, and the pudgy belly must look like a triple cheeseburger to panfish. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 12 Mar. 2020 One of the new liberties Song clearly prizes is the ability to depict nudity, whether painting a pudgy tyrant in the raw or a shapely woman wrapped only in a filmy North Korean flag. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2020 But in their first training camp together, Samuel seemed on the edge of becoming, well, pudgy. Joe Schad, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2020 But overcook it, and even a pudgy tortilla can lose its tenderness. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2019 In addition to poop, Tala Madani’s paintings have featured lonely sad sacks who vomit rainbows, feral infants who sketch with urine and pudgy everymen who ejaculate patterns worthy of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pudgy was in 1788

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“Pudgy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pudgy. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


pudgier; pudgiest
: short and plump
pudginess noun

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