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

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Examples of stubby in a Sentence

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

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The verdant, misty forest is broken only by a few stubby, brown rivers draining into the ocean and a narrow ribbon of auburn shoreline. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The 03’s front is positively amphibian, the side profile is stubby and ungainly, and the back is as bland as envelope adhesive. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2020 Lynk & Co 03: Sino-Swedish Sedan Spied," 21 Mar. 2018 Wearing a helmet and wetsuit, Thomas aimed his stubby surfboard at the center of what’s known as the Beaver Wave and leaped in. David Kelly,, "Who says you can't ride a wave in a landlocked state? In Colorado, surf's up," 27 June 2018 Behooving a new, ethnically inclusive industry standard set in large measure by Rihanna, whose Fenty Beauty has been a hit for Ulta’s rival Sephora, Ms. Wells’s foundations come in 40 shades, all stubby sticks priced at $18 apiece. New York Times, "Linda Wells Shows Flesh: Woke Makeup for Revlon," 21 June 2018 Aside from their colorful tongues, skinks have heavy, medium-sized bodies with triangular heads, and stubby legs and tails. Shane Black, National Geographic, "This Lizard Has a Blue, Ultraviolet Tongue—Here’s Why," 8 June 2018 The operator tugs the stubby toggles on a heavy rubber remote and the hammer drill pivots and spins, teetering precariously before rolling clumsily down the bank. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Moles thus have pointy faces and short stubby feet that allow them to generate sufficient pressure. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018 From the stubby round grains of Japonica to the long fluffy grains of Indica, rice is the culinary bedrock for much of the world, providing 25 percent of the total calories consumed globally. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The weird power of rising carbon dioxide to make rice less nutritious," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of stubby

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stubby

: short and thick


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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