- 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
Examples from the Web for chucking
And I've got enough to run the show, if you'll keep me from chucking it away as I'm doing.Viviette
William J. Locke
“I thought you could hardly be chucking in all those things for fun,” said he presently.Tom, Dick and Harry
Talbot Baines Reed
"What a tragic face, Maggie," said her father, chucking her under the chin.The Children of Wilton Chase
Mrs. L. T. Meade
"It was simply silly, chucking away a life like that, of course," he went on.A Sheaf of Corn
Mary E. Mann
There was a way he had of chucking up his chin—there it was!Ravensdene Court
J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
- 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
Word Origin and History for chucking
"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.