Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the nature of or suggesting a stub, as in shortness, broadness, or thickness: stubby fingers and toes.
  • adj. Having a short, stocky build; thickset.
  • adj. Short and blunt, as from much use: a stubby pencil. See Regional Note at stob.
  • adj. Covered with or made of stubs.
  • adj. Short and bristly: a stubby beard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Abounding with stubs.
  • adj. Like a stub; short, especially cut short, thick and stiff; stunted; stubbed.
  • n. A small, squat beer bottle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Abounding with stubs.
  • adj. Short and thick; short and strong, as bristles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A bounding with stubs.
  • Short, thick, and stiff; stubbed: as, stubby bristles; stubby fingers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. short and blunt

Etymologies

From stub +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Weldcraft's gas lens product line consists of three main styles - standard size, large diameter and 'stubby' - to fit TIG torches with 10N or 13N series front-end parts and to accommodate tungsten-electrode diameters ranging from 0. 020in (0. 508mm) to 5/32in.

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  • You see, they have trouble differentiating between members of their fairer sex and a short beer bottle known as a stubby.

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  • (known as a stubby) ratchets like a Swiss clock, fits all standard attachments, and comes with a bunch of bits, as well as extenders to help you get at hard-to-reach screws.

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  • "The Gambusia just keep taking bites out of the tadpoles, and the tadpoles end up kind of stubby," says the study's author, Sharon Lawler, a professor of entomology at University of California at Davis.

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  • It certainly is superior to the awkwardly redesigned shifters recently deployed by the aforementioned competition, such as stubby shifter stalks on the steering wheel that don't conform to traditional shifter behavior.

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  • "Publishing magazines full of slander about George Washington, and this new kind of stubby-ended poetry!"

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  • Kate Gosselin used to mock her ex-husband by calling his manhood "stubby", it has been reported.

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  • A hybrid event including both Giant Slalom and Slalom turn sizes, and both regular and "stubby" gates, the Kombi highlights young racers 'agility and adaptability.

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  • For my microcosm, I'm going to the giants: Yao Ming, when he first came over, disappointed some NBA people with his (relatively) "stubby" wingspan-his wingspan is about an inch shorter than his height, which is uncommonly short.

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  • The pilot reaming process is likewise subjected to a series of changes to speeds and feeds, with the initial pre-sizing carried out at 75m/min and a faster 1m/min feed rate due to the improvements in rigidity from the more 'stubby' tool length.

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  • small bottle of beer

    December 19, 2006