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chalky

[chaw-kee] /ˈtʃɔ ki/
adjective, chalkier, chalkiest.
1.
of or like chalk.
2.
of a chalklike consistency:
chalky soil.
3.
without resonance, color, warmth, etc.:
several high tones that were quite chalky.
4.
Photography. lacking in detail, due to extreme contrast:
a chalky print.
Origin of chalky
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at chalk, -y1
Related forms
chalkiness, noun
nonchalky, adjective
unchalky, adjective
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  • His eyes were closed, his face a dead, chalky white, and his body hung limp.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • They abound on the chalky downs and in some sandy districts, but not in the clays.

  • His face was more than colorless, it was chalky even to the lips.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
  • She reached her fat, chalky arm toward the money, but Gordon was before her.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Whittington, apparently unharmed, was chalky and stuttering from fright.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
Word Origin and History for chalky
adj.

c.1400, from chalk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Chalkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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