Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a rounded shape.
  • adjective Informal Short and plump.
  • adjective Having a dull sound; lacking resonance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective stout, rotund
  • adjective Resembling a tub; sounding dull and without resonance or freedom of sound.
  • noun pejorative, slang An overweight person.

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

  • adjective short and plump

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • By calling you a teletubby was she infering that you were looking a little 'tubby' or just plain weird

    Stuff My Wife Says That Disturbs Me

  • I know that he's the kind of tubby one that's, you know -- (CROSSTALK)

    CNN Transcript Oct 13, 2009

  • "She's rather dim and kind of tubby - undereducated and undersexed - and she displays a distressing affinity for mom jeans and sweaters covered in puffy paint and appliquéd kittens."

    Joanne Rendell: Heaving Bosoms: A Tonic for the Recession?

  • I've been thinking of something along similar lines - where men boys/guys/young males - whichever term suits best use terms such as tubby, d*ckhead as almost pet names in conversation with each other.

    On insults, or not

  • She was, like the rest of her kind, very "tubby," being as broad as the _Peacock_, though 10 feet shorter on deck.

    The Naval War of 1812 Or the History of the United States Navy during the Last War with Great Britain to Which Is Appended an Account of the Battle of New Orleans

  • The Egyptian striker always had to fight the 'tubby' tag at his former clubs Spurs and Middlesbrough - but he is on a mission to shed the pounds at Wigan.

    Daily Express News Feeds

  • According to Electric Pig, the new phone looks amazingly good, specially next to the iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold, making them look "tubby".

    Gizmodo

  • According to Electric Pig, the new phone looks amazingly good, specially next to the iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold, making them look "tubby".

    Gizmodo

  • According to Electric Pig, the new phone looks amazingly good, specially next to the iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold, making them look "tubby".

    Gizmodo

  • According to Electric Pig, the new phone looks amazingly good, specially next to the iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold, making them look "tubby".

    Gizmodo

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