chubby

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Recorded since 1611, from chub (short, thick fish species used as bait"; used metaphorically since 1558 for "lazy person), an assilibated form of cub (a lump, heap, mass) and cob, from Middle English *cubbe (found only in derivative cubbel (a block to which an animal is tethered)), from Old Norse kubbr, kumbr (block, stump, log) and/or Old Norse kumben (stumpy), equivalent to chub +‎ -y. Cognate with Swedish dialectal kubbug (fat, plump, chubby). More at chub.

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chubby (comparative chubbier, superlative chubbiest)

  1. Of a person, slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft.
    Obviously the chubby child was eating too much.
  2. Of a body part, containing a moderate amount of fat.
    It's quite normal for healthy babies to have chubby cheeks.

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Noun[edit]

chubby (plural chubbies)

  1. A chubby, plump person
  2. (LGBT slang) An overweight or obese gay man.
  3. (slang) An erection of the penis.
    Hey, Lucius, I just wanted to share a piece of personal information with you. I've got a... a chubby right now because [starts creaming] This is one of the most awesome experiences of my life!—Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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