Literally, like the thick, coarse-fleshed fish, whence agreeably plump, especially of babies.
   You meet the adjective in advertisements calculated to avoid upsetting mothers who have to select capacious clothes for an obese child.

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  • Chubby — Chub by, a. Like a chub; plump, short, and thick. Chubby faces. I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chubby — [chub′ē] adj. chubbier, chubbiest [< CHUB] round and plump; fleshy [a chubby baby] chubbiness n …   English World dictionary

  • chubby — 1610s, lit. resembling a chub, from CHUB (Cf. chub), the short, thick type of fish + Y (Cf. y) (2). Perhaps influenced by O.N. kumba log, kumben stumpy. ME chubbe ... was also used of a lazy, spiritless fellow; a rustic, simpleton; dolt, fool… …   Etymology dictionary

  • chubby — rotund, plump, fat, *fleshy, stout, portly, corpulent, obese Analogous words: chunky, stubby, dumpy, squat (see STOCKY) Antonyms: slim …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • chubby — [adj] slightly fat ample, bearish, big, butterball*, buxom, chunky, fatty, flabby, fleshy, full figured, hefty, husky, pleasingly plump*, plump, plumpish, podgy, portly, pudgy, rolypoly*, rotund, round, stout, tubby, zaftig*; concepts 491,773 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • chubby — ► ADJECTIVE (chubbier, chubbiest) ▪ plump and rounded. DERIVATIVES chubbily adverb chubbiness noun. ORIGIN from CHUB(Cf. ↑chub) …   English terms dictionary

  • Chubby — Popa Chubby 2009 in Innsbruck Popa Chubby (* 31. März 1960 in New York; eigentl. Theodore Joseph Horowitz) ist ein Blues Sänger und Gitarrist, der nach Jahren der Auftritte im „Manny s Carwash“, einem bekannten New Yorker Blues Club, gemeinsam… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • chubby — 1. adjective /tʃʌbi/ a) Of a person, slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft. Obviously the chubby child was eating too much. b) Of a body part, containing a moderate amount of fat. Its quite no …   Wiktionary

  • chubby — [[t]tʃʌ̱bi[/t]] chubbier, chubbiest ADJ GRADED A chubby person is rather fat. Do you think I m too chubby? ...his chubby hands. Syn: tubby Ant: skinny …   English dictionary

  • chubby — UK [ˈtʃʌbɪ] / US adjective Word forms chubby : adjective chubby comparative chubbier superlative chubbiest informal slightly fat, in the way a healthy baby or young child is cute chubby cheeks …   English dictionary