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adj. pudg·i·er, pudg·i·est
Somewhat fat; chubby: a pudgy face. See Synonyms at fat.

[From pudge, something thick and short.]

pudg′i·ness n.


adj, pudgier or pudgiest
a variant spelling (esp US) of podgy
[C19: of uncertain origin; compare earlier pudsy plump, perhaps from Scottish pud stomach, plump child]
ˈpudgily adv
ˈpudginess n


(ˈpʌdʒ i)

adj. pudg•i•er, pudg•i•est.
short and fat or thick: an infant's pudgy fingers.
[1830–40; orig. uncertain]
pudg′i•ly, adv.
pudg′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pudgy - short and plump
fat - having an (over)abundance of flesh; "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"


Well-rounded and full in form:


[ˈpʌdʒi] (US) adj (= podgy) [person, body, cheeks] → potelé(e)
References in classic literature ?
It had a great mouth, with a row of sharp teeth a foot long; but its head was joined to the pudgy body by a neck as slender as a wasp's waist.
Skinner, gathering up the reins in her pudgy hands.
He sat there, slowly tapping the sides of the chair with his pudgy fingers.
You know the kind, cheek-bones wide apart, chin and forehead melting into the cheeks to complete the perfect round, and the nose, broad and pudgy, equidistant from the circumference, flattened against the very centre of the face like a dough-ball upon the ceiling.
They have audaciously adjusted, in the name of "good taste," upon the wounds of gothic architecture, their miserable gewgaws of a day, their ribbons of marble, their pompons of metal, a veritable leprosy of egg-shaped ornaments, volutes, whorls, draperies, garlands, fringes, stone flames, bronze clouds, pudgy cupids, chubby- cheeked cherubim, which begin to devour the face of art in the oratory of Catherine de Medicis, and cause it to expire, two centuries later, tortured and grimacing, in the boudoir of the Dubarry.
The stables were reached, and there in the doorway, lay Collie, a half-dozen pudgy puppies playing about her in the sun.
Come home and have some tiffin, Dobbin," a voice cried behind him; as a pudgy hand was laid on his shoulder, and the honest fellow's reverie was interrupted.
wounds of an arrow -- of introducing this pudgy homunculus into art
He kissed his pudgy hand aloft into the night and held warmly on.
Monday, when she got on the bus there was a bus full of dirty, pudgy pigs, who shouted at her, "You are not dirty and pudgy like us
superior had and pinched Grove fringe judges And pudgy r when no chance saw aptly named winneQuasi Modo.
The clinic is urging families to enrol pets in their Waist Watchers plan - a free programme which assesses the pet and provides information to help their pudgy pooch or fat feline lose weight.