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 But Porsche has replaced the console shift knob on previous models with a stubby shift tab. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Porsche’s 2020 911 sports car is spry as ever (review)," 21 Dec. 2019 The stubby rocket's BE-3 engine propelled the capsule to a velocity of about 2,227 mph, releasing the New Shepard capsule two minutes and 45 seconds after launch to soar on its own to an altitude of about 343,061 feet, or 65 miles. William Harwood, CBS News, "Bezos' Blue Origin launches New Shepard spacecraft on sub-orbital test flight," 11 Dec. 2019 The stubby craft itself sits idly at the launch site, down the road from the towering Starship Mk 1 prototype. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX's New Starship, the Rocket Bound for Mars," 29 Sep. 2019 Its stubby frame was only good for sliding under a bookshelf and moving it. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. It's going to need a lot of robots," 20 Nov. 2019 But why did Portland start with painting a few stubby blocks when the 57-block Transit Mall downtown on 5th and 6th avenues is sitting there like an unfinished transit Sistine Chapel? Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland celebrated painting a few lanes red this week, but what about the Transit Mall?," 1 Nov. 2019 The 160th also flies a gunship variant of the MH-60L/M. The MH-60 Direct Action Penetrator (DAP) adds a pair of stubby wings to a MH-60, turning a transport helicopter into a heavily armed gunship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Helicopters That Made the U.S. Army's ISIS Raid Possible," 28 Oct. 2019 Related Stories The main approach to Chase Center is down Third Street, where the views on approach are blocked by Mission Bay’s stubby modern buildings. John King,, "A bit of a jumble, the Warriors’ Chase Center still scores for the fans," 21 Oct. 2019 Tardigrades have long, plump bodies and eight stubby legs. NBC News, "What is a tardigrade?," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stubby

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stubby.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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