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verb (used with object)
  1. to toss; throw with a quick motion, usually a short distance.
  2. Informal. to resign from; relinquish; give up: He's chucked his job.
  3. to pat or tap lightly, as under the chin.
  4. Informal. to eject (a person) from a public place (often followed by out): They chucked him from the bar.
  5. Slang. to vomit; upchuck.
  1. a light pat or tap, as under the chin.
  2. a toss or pitch; a short throw.
  3. a sudden jerk or change in direction.
  1. chuck it, British Slang. stop it; shut up.

Origin of chuck1

First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain


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1. fling, pitch, heave, hurl.


  1. the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade.
  2. a block or log used as a chock.
  3. Machinery.
    1. a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool.
    2. a device for holding a drill bit.
verb (used with object)
  1. Machinery. to hold or secure with a chuck.

Origin of chuck2

1665–75; variant of chock. See chunk1


verb (used with or without object)
  1. to cluck.
  1. a clucking sound.
  2. Archaic. (used as a term of endearment): my love, my chuck.

Origin of chuck3

1350–1400; Middle English chuk, expressive word, apparently imitative
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verb (mainly tr)
  1. informal to throw
  2. to pat affectionately, esp under the chin
  3. (sometimes foll by in or up) informal to give up; rejecthe chucked up his job; she chucked her boyfriend
  4. (intr usually foll by up) slang, mainly US to vomit
  5. chuck off at Australian and NZ informal to abuse or make fun of
  1. a throw or toss
  2. a playful pat under the chin
  3. the chuck informal dismissal

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin


  1. Also called: chuck steak a cut of beef extending from the neck to the shoulder blade
    1. 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
    2. Also called: four jaw chuck, independent jaw chucka similar device having independently adjustable jaws for holding an unsymmetrical workpiece

Word Origin

C17: variant of chock


  1. (intr) a less common word for cluck (def. 2)
  1. a clucking sound
  2. a term of endearment

Word Origin

C14 chukken to cluck, of imitative origin


noun Canadian West coast
  1. a large body of water
  2. short for saltchuck

Word Origin

C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka chauk
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Word Origin and History for chucked



"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.

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