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.
Recent Examples on the Web The previous altitude record was about 500 feet (150 m), achieved by three different Starship vehicles—the stubby Starhopper, SN5 and SN6. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "SpaceX’s Starship SN8 Prototype Soars on Epic Test Launch, with Explosive Landing," 10 Dec. 2020 The balding singer with a stubby moustache and sequined blazer slid across the stage. The Economist, "Why Polish politicians fear to sneer at rural music," 28 Nov. 2020 The stubby delta wing gives sufficient lift with extremely low wing loading (weight to wing area), as well as minimum drag and maximum maneuverability. Kevin Brown, Popular Mechanics, "A Fighter Pilot's Fighter Plane: PM Meets the F-15," 19 Nov. 2020 The clutch pedal is a touch light—and a touch light on feel—but snaps to attention right off the floor and engages smoothly, and the stubby shifter snicks between gates with ease. Car and Driver, "2013 Subaru BRZ First Drive," 18 Nov. 2020 The 737 Max is the latest iteration of the stubby jetliner that first flew in the 1960s and went on to become one of the most successful commercial aircraft ever. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "FAA certifies troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again, but critics fear jetliner's 'basic aerodynamic problem'," 18 Nov. 2020 Often the pain is concentrated in the big toe, ridiculous, stubby and chubby, Napoleonic, the fat piggy sent to market. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020 The styling can't hide the awkwardly tall decklid or the stubby front end. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "$50,000 Sports Sedans Compared: 2020 BMW M235i Gran Coupe vs. 2020 Cadillac CT4-V vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35," 8 Oct. 2020 The stubby, small rocket's five main engines lit several seconds before liftoff, and then the booster named Rocket 3.1 began to climb into the deepening evening sky. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Astra finally launches its first orbital rocket, and it flew for 30 seconds," 14 Sep. 2020

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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 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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