chubby

Student1974

Senior Member
Russian
I need to make a physical description of a child. She has a round face, and, what I would add, "chubby cheeks". I am not sure if I can use this expression. Till now I met this adjective (chubby) only in combinations with person, woman, man, etc. Can cheeks be chubby?
If I use an expression "chubby child", does it mean the child is overweight, or just have this baby-like appearance?
Thank you!
 
  • Esteven

    Member
    USA, English
    Yes you can use chubby with cheeks (and other body parts: legs, thighs, arms, etc.) However, chubby child does imply that the child is overweight (if only slightly).
     

    AngelEyes

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    Cheeks can be chubby, but they can also be pudgy on an otherwise thin child.

    If you're writing a rather full physical description, you'll probably be adding other features which will make it clear that the only plump part of the child is the not-yet-developed cheeks.

    So either is fine:
    chubby cheeks
    pudgy cheeks


    AngelEyes
     

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Puffy and fleshy have also been used. They describe cheeks that would appear to be on the chubby side of life but could be taken as no more than the shape of the face.
     

    nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)

    cirrus

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Plump to me implies the whole body and isn't a word I would use with a child.

    To me puffy implies something is wrong. If you have an eye infection your eyes swell up and become puffy.

    Fleshy doesn't sound at all right to me, but perhaps this is a case of it not being used much in British English.
     

    nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    This is one of the examples in the Cambridge Dictionary (see the link in my post)

    a child with plump rosy cheeks

    I would personally use it to describe kids, and only cheeks too.
     

    cirrus

    Senior Member
    UK English
    For me plump is a word that I would associate with someone who is older and more likely female. This may be a personal thing or it may be more about BE vs AE usage.
     

    nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    For me plump is a word that I would associate with someone who is older and more likely female. This may be a personal thing or it may be more about BE vs AE usage.
    I see, that can indeed be a personal thing :)
     
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