[chuhb-ee] /ˈtʃʌb i/

adjective, chubbier, chubbiest.
round and plump:
a chubby child; a chubby face.
adjective -bier, -biest
(esp of the human form) plump and round

1610s, literally “resembling a chub,” from chub, the short, thick type of fish + -y (2). Perhaps influenced by Old Norse kumba “log,” kumben “stumpy.”

ME chubbe … was also used of a “lazy, spiritless fellow; a rustic, simpleton; dolt, fool” (1558), whilst Bailey has “Chub, a Jolt-head, a great-headed, full-cheeked Fellow,” a description reminiscent of that of the chevin, another name for the chub … Thus the nickname may have meant either “short and thick, dumpy like a chub,” or “of the nature of a chub, dull and clownish.” [“Dictionary of English Surnames”]


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