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

  • adj. Chiefly British Slang Somewhat fat and squat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. short and stout; low and wide


From obsolete fubs, chubby person.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
fubs (variant of fub) +‎ -y (Wiktionary)


  • At its heart, this attitude embrangles the concepts of "need" and "want"; those fubsy fuddy-duddies with griseous imaginations believe that words no longer in frequent use will never in the future be needed by English speakers and writers more nitid than themselves.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • There are the fubsy boys -- copied apparently from cherubim -- who, with glowing, distended cheeks, are simpering on the ceiling, _doing_ the tenor, with wide open mouths that would shame e'er a barn-door in the village; their red, stumpy fingers sprawling over the music which they are (not) reading.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843

  • But look down that vista of charity children in slate coloured Quaker bonnets, stuck one against the other in drab, like pins in a paper, but not so bright; are they going to stand there for ever, with their governess at their head, looking as smug and fubsy as the squat house at the end?

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 385, August 15, 1829

  • Serpentine avenue Beelzebub showed me her, a fubsy widow.


  • You prayed to the devil in Serpentine avenue that the fubsy widow in front might lift her clothes still more from the wet street.


  • For though they are little and fubsy, it may be the Bear is their mother.

    Songs from Books

  • 'But you, you fubsy old pig, must stay behind and work.'

    Life's Handicap

  • "I think this is damn silly," said the officer, patting his foolish fubsy old retriever.

    Actions and Reactions

  • The widow begged that he would feel no uneasiness, as he should remain with her till the cutter returned; and an hour after the first introduction, Corporal Van Spitter had breakfasted with, and was actually sitting, by her request, on the little fubsy sofa, in the very place of Vanslyperken, with Frau Vandersloosh by his side.

    Snarley-yow or The Dog Fiend

  • None could have done the honours of the table better than the corporal and his lady, who sat melting and stuck together on the little fubsy sofa, which had been the witness of so much pretended and so much real love.

    Snarley-yow or The Dog Fiend


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  • "You laugh out loud and tell me what Angela Carter said about that 'fubsy beast': she thought he looked more like a pajama case than a tiger. I go away and look up the word fubsy. I've never heard it before."
    Artful by Ali Smith, p 16

    August 2, 2013

  • The word embrangle (to confuse or entangle) won with 1,434 votes, while fubsy (short and stout) came in a distant second. Roborant (tending to fortify) and nitid (bright, glistening) failed to shine; they finished last, drawing roughly 550 votes between them.

    - Hangman, Spare That Word: The English Purge Their Language, article from Time magazine

    December 18, 2008

  • "...and besides, she knows she is fubsy and frumpy, and simply cannot compete with dashing Hélène."

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor.

    May 17, 2008

  • There's a building Manhattan that I used to call the fubs building -- for "fat, ugly, big, squat". Imagine my surprise when I discovered the meaning of fubsy. :-)

    December 30, 2006

  • You prayed to the devil in Serpentine avenue that the fubsy widow in front might lift her clothes still more from the wet street.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006