Etymology
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butterball (n.)

"butter shaped into a ball," also figurative of plumpness, 1892, from butter (n.) + ball (n.1).

updated on September 06, 2017

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Definitions of butterball from WordNet

butterball (n.)
a rotund individual;
Synonyms: fatso / fatty / fat person / roly-poly
butterball (n.)
small North American diving duck; males have bushy head plumage;
Synonyms: bufflehead / dipper / Bucephela albeola
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.