One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fat and squat.
big, burly, heavy, tall, bulky, thickset, heavyset, chunky, strapping, powerfully built, hefty, muscular, muscle-bound, brawny, muscly, husky, solid, powerful, sturdy, solidly built, broad-shouldered, strong, big and strong, rugged, herculeanView synonyms
- ‘A fat, vulgar-looking, fubsy man approached, with a kind of formal degree of intimacy.’
- ‘The fubsy man waddled forward, nearly half the height of the beautiful woman, and merely stared at the stranger who seemed to be seven feet tall.’
- ‘The ship was full of fubsy old ladies and gouty old gentlemen.’
Late 18th century: from dialect fubs ‘small fat person’, perhaps a blend of fat and chub.
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