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Recorded since 1611, from chub (short, thick fish species used as bait"; used metaphorically since 1558 for "lazy person), an assibilated 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 dialectal Swedish kubbug (fat, plump, chubby). More at chub.


  • enPR: chŭbʹē, IPA(key): /ˈtʃʌbi/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌbi


chubby (comparative chubbier, superlative chubbiest)

  1. Of a person: slightly overweight, somewhat fat, and hence plump, rounded, and soft.
    Synonyms: chunky, plump, podgy, tubby
    Obviously the chubby child was eating too much.
    • 2010, Marsha Hubler, The Long Ride Home, Zonderkidz (→ISBN), page 97:
      Slowly Skye wrapped her arms around the chubby woman's frame and rested her head on Rita's chest drenched with perspiration.
  2. Of a body part: containing a moderate amount of fat.
    Synonyms: chunky, plump, podgy
    It’s quite normal for babies to have chubby cheeks.

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chubby (plural chubbies)

  1. A chubby, plump person
    • 1949, R. Duffy Lewis, Dorothy Stote, How to build an infant's, girls' and teens' wear business: a manual for retailers and prospective shop owners
      The chubby is the girl who cannot be fitted in the regular 7 to 14 size range because she is too stout. Sizes for these girls are 7*4 to 141/^, and are specially styled and designed to give them better proportions.
    • 2007, Jackie Guerra, Under Construction: How I've Gained and Lost Millions of Dollars and Hundreds of Pounds, New Amer Library (→ISBN)
      The chubby is especially taken for granted: "Hey, can you watch my purse while I dance?"
  2. (LGBT slang) An overweight or obese gay man.
  3. (slang) A penile erection, especially when short and with a large circumference; a boner.
    Hey, Lucius, I just wanted to share a piece of personal information with you. I've got a... a chubby right now because [starts screaming] This is one of the most awesome experiences of my life!—Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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