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adjectiveadjective chubbier, adjective chubbiest

  • Plump and rounded.

    ‘a pretty child with chubby cheeks’
    • ‘The man carrying the knife was much shorter than his accomplice and was described as chubby with a red face.’
    • ‘I felt sorry for the innumerable chubby people at the front who had to be gasping for air.’
    • ‘It came as a shock to see how chubby he was as both a child and an early teenager.’
    • ‘Once there, Christine spoke to a chubby policeman who directed us to a flight of stairs.’
    • ‘Rabbits who are too chubby are not able to groom themselves properly and this can cause medical problems.’
    • ‘There is barely an ounce of fat on his body, and he continues to make his team-mates look chubby.’
    • ‘On the grass behind the beach families munch on fish and chips, chasing off the chubby seagulls.’
    • ‘She was too eager, as I knew she would be, her chubby fingers plying the hair too fast.’
    • ‘I couldn't go fast, no matter which gear I tried or how furiously I pumped my chubby legs.’
    • ‘The man is described as aged between 40 and 50, of average height and of quite chubby build.’
    • ‘The man's round, chubby face was already flushed from that small amount of exertion.’
    • ‘Brian said the chubby New Zealand animals were some of the hardest to keep happy in soaring temperatures.’
    • ‘But she's just slightly chubby and has nice rosy cheeks and is very sort of ordinary-looking.’
    • ‘After his body was wet, Hugo's chubby little arms held onto his Dad while he leant back to wet his hair.’
    • ‘He was slightly chubby with bushy, straight collar length mousy brown hair.’
    • ‘Parents were horrified at the antics of chubby rocker Bill Haley and swivel-hipped Elvis Presley.’
    • ‘One of the gunmen was white, of chubby build and wearing a Post Office uniform consisting of a pale blue shirt and blue trousers.’
    • ‘I was quite a chubby child which was an issue because the rest of my family weren't.’
    • ‘The fourth member of the group was chubby with a shaven head, a blue jumper and wearing spectacles.’
    • ‘I still wear my hair short and those chubby little cheeks haven't thinned out a bit.’
    plump, tubby, roly-poly, rotund, portly, stout, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, well upholstered, well covered, well padded, of ample proportions, ample, round, rounded, well rounded
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/ˈCHəbē/ /ˈtʃəbi/


Early 17th century (in the sense ‘short and thickset, like a chub’): from chub.