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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I'd forgotten that Ellen and Gary had become chummy.
▪ Diana was so chummy with him she even used to iron his shirts.
▪ Frost, though chummy enough, is like a prisoner in solitary confinement.
▪ His tone toward Wyatt could be chummy one moment, businesslike the next, and sometimes, disconcertingly, both at once.
▪ Sometimes the head man gets too chummy with the new boy and the old boys get jealous.
▪ We shook hands, and she was about as chummy as a boxer before a fight.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

chummy \chummy\ adj.

  1. having the relationship of friends or pals. [colloquial]

    Syn: matey, pally, palsy-walsy.

  2. associated on close terms. [informal]

    Syn: thick(predicate).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1874, from chum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Chumminess. Previously it was a noun, a common name for a chimney sweep, as a corruption of chinmey.


a. friendly; on, or trying to be on, intimate terms

  1. adj. (used colloquially) having the relationship of friends or pals [syn: matey, pally, palsy-walsy]

  2. (used informally) associated on close terms; "a close friend"; "the bartender was chummy with the regular customers"; "the two were thick as thieves for months" [syn: buddy-buddy, thick(p)]

  3. [also: chummiest, chummier]


Chummy is a given name, and may refer to:

  • Chummy Broomhall (born 1919), American cross country skier
  • Chummy Fleming (1863-1950), pioneer unionist
  • Chummy MacGregor (20th century), American jazz keyboardist
  • George Edward Gray, known as Chummy Gray (1873-1913), American baseball player

Usage examples of "chummy".

About twenty paces behind, Abrane, Fleetwood, and one whom they called Chummy Potts, were wildly waving arms.

Half the fun was over: but the tale of it, narrated in turn by Abrane and his Chummy Potts on the promenade, was a very good half.

But you, Chummy, you mind, old Chums, all cases of the kind, safest back the professional.

Well, poor old Chummy always gave you credit for knowing how to play your game.

Abrane, Chummy Potts, Brailstone, little Corby, were brighter comrades.

So I became one of his blue-eyed boys - we got really chummy - and that was his mistake because we managed to wreck his network completely.

There was a girl in their group, Marie Kennard, who was chummy with him.

The magazine was to be intensely American in spirit, optimistic and enthusiastic in tone, and very chummy with its readers.

Ricardo and I had never been chummy, so he was understandably puzzled.

Even though it had been his idea for Amy to snoop around the Mexicans, it still grated to see her get so chummy with the Spaniard.

My morose mood is exacerbated by the fact that the four members of Clueless Crew are even chummier than usual.

Egyptian army until one of my so-called buddies, Hathi the Long-striding, got too chummy.

I seen Hi Bryam and his feet and seen how chummy he and Blaine and Butts were, I commenced to have hopes again.

After the last bottle was drained, and the belly dancer had gone off with the actor, and the three German girls were getting kind of chummy with the crew, and the writer and the Korean dermatologist were coming close to blows about whether the world was flat or merely slanted, those of us who remained finally bade each other a fond goodnight and went off to our various cabins.

Ordinand had caused a huge flutter in the dovecotes of owners of good-as-gold horses, and I in conjunction with our chummy insurance syndicate at Lloyds was busy raising defenses against copycat kidnaps.