- to toss; throw with a quick motion, usually a short distance.
- Informal. to resign from; relinquish; give up: He's chucked his job.
- to pat or tap lightly, as under the chin.
- Informal. to eject (a person) from a public place (often followed by out): They chucked him from the bar.
- Slang. to vomit; upchuck.
- a light pat or tap, as under the chin.
- a toss or pitch; a short throw.
- a sudden jerk or change in direction.
- chuck it, British Slang. stop it; shut up.
Origin of chuck1
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- the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade.
- a block or log used as a chock.
- a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool.
- a device for holding a drill bit.
- Machinery. to hold or secure with a chuck.
Origin of chuck2
- to cluck.
- a clucking sound.
- Archaic. (used as a term of endearment): my love, my chuck.
Origin of chuck3
- food; provisions.
Origin of chuck4
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Origin of chuck6
- a male given name, form of Charles.
- Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
- a term used to refer to a white person.
- white society, culture, and values.
- Charles (Elwood)Chuck, born 1923, U.S. aviator and test pilot: the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound (1947).
- Charles Edward AndersonChuck, born 1926, U.S. rock-'n'-roll singer, musician, and composer.
- Also Ber·ri. a former province in central France.
Examples from the Web for chuck
Earlier in the segment, host Chuck Todd had asked him if he understood and acknowledged that black people have a fear of police.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
From practically the day he took office as the 24th Secretary of Defense less than two years ago, Chuck Hagel was a marked man.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
“There was one good thing about it,” Chuck Davis says about his time in captivity.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Former Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
P. J. O’Rourke
November 22, 2014
I assume he thinks Chuck Taylors are still as the sneaker of choice and supports the idea of grabbing a quick smoke before tipoff.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
The Dutchman is game, an' if he ever gets to the Black's throat-latch he'll chuck it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Look up Dan and 'Chuck' and the rest of the crowd again, at Comet's place.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
When I go out I 'll take and chuck it in the water along with that there purse.The Silver Box (First Series Plays)
Hang it all, I feel like a beast to chuck you out this way, but I have partners, you know.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
We're going to chuck you a line: mind and be ready to catch it.
- informal to throw
- to pat affectionately, esp under the chin
- (sometimes foll by in or up) informal to give up; rejecthe chucked up his job; she chucked her boyfriend
- (intr usually foll by up) slang, mainly US to vomit
- chuck off at Australian and NZ informal to abuse or make fun of
- a throw or toss
- a playful pat under the chin
- the chuck informal dismissal
- Also called: chuck steak a cut of beef extending from the neck to the shoulder blade
- Also called: three jaw chucka device that holds a workpiece in a lathe or tool in a drill, having a number of adjustable jaws geared to move in unison to centralize the workpiece or tool
- Also called: four jaw chuck, independent jaw chucka similar device having independently adjustable jaws for holding an unsymmetrical workpiece
- (intr) a less common word for cluck (def. 2)
- a clucking sound
- a term of endearment
- a large body of water
- short for saltchuck
- any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
- botany an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
- any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
- the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal
- to bear or produce berries
- to gather or look for berries
- (ˈbɛrɪ) Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry . born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), "Memphis, Tennessee" (1959), and "Promised Land" (1964)
- (French bɛri) Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts
Word Origin and History for chuck
"to throw," 1590s, variant of chock "give a blow under the chin" (1580s), possibly from French choquer "to shock, strike against," imitative (see shock (n.1)). Related: Chucked; chucking.
"piece of wood or meat," 1670s, probably a variant of chock (n.) "block." "Chock and chuck appear to have been originally variants of the same word, which are now somewhat differentiated." Specifically of shoulder meat from early 18c. American English chuck wagon (1880) is from the meat sense.
"slight blow under the chin," 1610s, from chuck (v.1). Meaning "a toss, a throw" is from 1862. Related: Chucked; chucking.
Old English berie, from Proto-Germanic *basjom (cf. Old Norse ber, Middle Dutch bere, German Beere "berry;" Old Saxon winber, Gothic weinabasi "grape"), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.
Usage: Cucumbers and tomatoes aren't usually thought of as berries, but to a botanist they are in fact berries, while strawberries and raspberries are not. In botany, a berry is a fleshy kind of simple fruit consisting of a single ovary that has multiple seeds. Other true berries besides cucumbers and tomatoes are bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Many fruits that are popularly called berries have a different structure and thus are not true berries. For example, strawberries and raspberries are aggregate fruits, developed from multiple ovaries of a single flower. The mulberry is not a true berry either. It is a multiple fruit, like the pineapple, and is made up of the ovaries of several individual flowers.