stub·​by ˈstə-bē How to pronounce stubby (audio)
stubbier; stubbiest
: abounding with stubs
: resembling a stub : being short and thick
stubby fingers
: being short and thickset : squat
: being short, broad, or blunt (as from use or wear)
an old stubby pencil

Examples of stubby in a Sentence

hands with thick stubby fingers My dog has a short stubby tail.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stubby was in the 15th century

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“Stubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


stub·​by ˈstəb-ē How to pronounce stubby (audio)
: resembling a stub especially in shortness and broadness
stubby fingers

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