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He is a bit on the flabby side.

1) Is it clear that this is about weight?

2) Is flabby commonly used this way?

3) Is flabby a silly/childish word to native speakers?

4) If the sentence was: He is a bit on the heavy side. Would that sound like the person was more overweight than if flabby was used?

5) Is there another word to use that might be more common than flabby to say that someone is slightly overweight?

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Please find my answers:

1) Is it clear that this is about weight? - Flabby is used while describing body parts. Yes, it is clear that it is about weight.

2) Is flabby commonly used this way? - Used in this manner and is not uncommon.

3) Is flabby a silly/childish word to native speakers? - I have heard native speakers using this not in a childish manner.

4) If the sentence was: He is a bit on the heavy side. Would that sound like the person was more overweight than if flabby was used? - Heavy looks a bit more polite to me.

5) Is there another word to use that might be more common than flabby to say that someone is slightly overweight? - Bulky.


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