tub·​by ˈtə-bē How to pronounce tubby (audio)
tubbier; tubbiest
: pudgy, fat
: sounding dull and without proper resonance or freedom of sound
a tubby violin

Examples of tubby in a Sentence

in America, Santa Claus is portrayed as a jolly but tubby older gentleman
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1807, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tubby was circa 1807

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“Tubby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tubby. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


tub·​by ˈtəb-ē How to pronounce tubby (audio)
tubbier; tubbiest

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