\ˈpə-jē \
pudgier; pudgiest

Definition of pudgy 

: being short and plump : chubby

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pudginess noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pudgy


blubbery, chubby, corpulent, fat, fleshy, full, gross, lardy, obese, overweight, plump, podgy [chiefly British], portly, replete, roly-poly, rotund, round, tubby


lean, skinny, slender, slim, spare, thin

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Examples of pudgy in a Sentence

at this point the pudgy toddler is still cute, but she will have health problems if she continues to be overweight

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Sandoval was a low-level prospect from Venezuela with a pudgy build. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "In baseball, numbers are everything. Why 10 matters most to MLB veterans.," 11 June 2018 Kim’s short and pudgy father Kim Jong Il was reported to have favored platform shoes and a bouffant hairstyle to appear taller. Washington Post, "What Kim’s suit, shoes and hairstyle tell us about him," 12 June 2018 The crowd roared as the pudgy four-year-old in the Expos uniform trotted out behind his father, and both tipped their caps to the fans in the Olympic Stadium outfield. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Welcome to the New Era: 19-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Baseball's Most Exciting Prospect," 24 May 2018 An unlikely threat, Jerome is pudgy, well-behaved and badly bullied at his South Side school. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Children's books: 'Ghost Boys' offers remarkable, kid's-eye-view of violence," 11 May 2018 There is no duplicating Omari Spellman, the formerly pudgy kid who dropped 50 pounds with a combination of Whole Foods and hot yoga and turned himself into an inside-outside dynamo. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Villanova’s championship formula won’t soon be matched," 2 Apr. 2018 Duckpin bowling is coming to Over-the-Rhine and look at those pudgy, aptly named lil pins. Bob Strickley, Cincinnati.com, "3 headlines you may have missed: Weird case out of Blue Ash, Reds make a bunch of moves, bowling in OTR," 29 Mar. 2018 Our pudgy gray housecat hero, Simon, meets an array of sleek and self-confident big cats: Lion, Puma, Panther, Tiger and Cheetah. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Junot Diaz's 'Islandborn': A pitch-perfect children's book — plus more kids' books reviewed," 19 Mar. 2018 Like much of the rest of the state, Oregon's emerald city has had its share of issues with rats lately and the University is home to more than a few pudgy, beggar squirrels. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Tenacious turkeys are terrorizing Eugene residents," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pudgy

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pudgy

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English Language Learners Definition of pudgy

: somewhat fat


\ˈpə-jē \
pudgier; pudgiest

Kids Definition of pudgy

: being short and plump : chubby

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