stub·​by | \ ˈstə-bē How to pronounce stubby (audio) \
stubbier; stubbiest

Definition of stubby

1 : abounding with stubs
2a : resembling a stub : being short and thick stubby fingers
b : being short and thickset : squat
c : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Abelisaurids have stocky hind limbs, and like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, have stubby, vestigial forelimbs. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2022 My chef’s knives were too stubby to span the cabbage’s width. Betsy Andrews, Bon Appétit, 2 June 2022 My car had a six-speed manual transmission with a nice stubby shifter. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 22 May 2022 The debris bag has a stubby collar on it that clicks into place where the blower tube was located. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2022 The shifter is like that of the regular Prius, a stubby little lever that moves through an unusual double-J pattern. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2022 My arms and legs looked stubby while my neck looked long and skinny. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Fresh goat cheese, deeply flavorful Blenheim apricots (tangier and sweeter than Turkish apricots) and stubby, rich Marcona almonds are worth using here, because in a recipe this simple, the flavors are really noticeable. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 The utility of the bed is unquestionable, even given its stubby 4.5-foot length. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stubby

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stubby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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stub·​by | \ ˈstə-bē How to pronounce stubby (audio) \
stubbier; stubbiest

Kids Definition of stubby

: short and thick like a stub stubby fingers a stubby tail

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