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

  • adj. Short and fat.
  • adj. Having a dull sound; lacking resonance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. stout, rotund
  • adj. Resembling a tub; sounding dull and without resonance or freedom of sound.
  • n. An overweight person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a tub; specifically sounding dull and without resonance, like a tub; wanting elasticity or freedom of sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tubshaped; round like a tub or barrel.
  • Having a sound like that of an empty tub when struck; sounding dull and without resonance: applied to stringed musical instruments.

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

  • adj. short and plump

Etymologies

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

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