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Etymology edit

From tub +‎ -y. False cognate with chubby, even though they are often interchangeable.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtʌbi/
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    Rhymes: -ʌbi

Adjective edit

tubby (comparative tubbier, superlative tubbiest)

  1. stout, rotund
    • 1895, S. R. Crockett, A Cry Across the Black Water:
      Grace bent to her oars with a springing verve and force which made the tubby little boat draw towards the shore, the whispering lapse of water gliding under its sides all the while.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      The clerk vanished, to be replaced a minute later by a tubby Indian with exhausted, visionary eyes.
  2. Resembling a tub
  3. sounding dull and without resonance or freedom of sound.
    a tubby violin

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Noun edit

tubby (plural tubbies)

  1. (derogatory, slang, often used teasingly) An overweight person.

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