pudgy

adjective
\ ˈpə-jē How to pronounce pudgy (audio) \
pudgier; pudgiest

Definition of pudgy

: being short and plump : chubby

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Other Words from pudgy

pudginess noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for pudgy

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Ronnie, a pale, pudgy male wearing a tight string of pearls around his thick neck, appears on the screen every so often, the upper half of his head bobbing to the song, whose only lyric is the song's title. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Even Ducati's SuperSport—its official name, not its class—competes as a sort of threshold-straddling weirdo, with a modest 937-cc motor pushing 110 horses through a pudgy 463 pounds, wet. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Motorcycle Makers Are Bailing Out of Building Supersport Bikes. Not Kawasaki.," 12 Dec. 2018 Over the course of several months, the Threat Cell labored to match online actors with their actual names, establishing, for example, that the hacker who went by the moniker UglyGorilla was actually a pudgy-faced man named Wang Dong. Mara Hvistendahl, WSJ, "‘Dawn of the Code War’ Review: The Cyber Threat Reconsidered," 3 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of pudgy

1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pudgy

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pudgy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pudgy

informal : somewhat fat

pudgy

adjective
\ ˈpə-jē How to pronounce pudgy (audio) \
pudgier; pudgiest

Kids Definition of pudgy

: being short and plump : chubby

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