- a thick mass or lump of anything: a chunk of bread; a chunk of firewood.
- Informal. a thick-set and strong person.
- a strong and stoutly built horse or other animal.
- a substantial amount of something: Rent is a real chunk out of my pay.
- to cut, break, or form into chunks: Chunk that wedge of cheese and put the pieces on a plate.
- to remove a chunk or chunks from (often followed by out): Storms have chunked out the road.
- to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks: My tires have started to chunk.
Origin of chunk1
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- to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
- to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).
Origin of chunk2
Examples from the Web for chunk
Most scientists who study the Moon think it formed when a huge impact in the early Solar System broke a chunk of Earth off.The USSR’s Race to the Moon’s Far Side
Matthew R. Francis
October 12, 2014
Today, a chunk of the island is owned by Dan Blankenship and his family.Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty
February 27, 2014
Boosting spending and undoing a chunk of the sequester is likely to have a bigger impact on the still-ailing job market.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy
December 11, 2013
With more episodes on the way, this marks the first time a Netflix Original series is not releasing an entire season in one chunk.Vin Diesel Pays Tribute to Paul Walker, The Kardashians’ Christmas Card Cost $250K
December 3, 2013
And with each passing month, hybrids account for a larger and larger (albeit still small) chunk of the marketplace.U.S. Car Fleet Sold in August Most Fuel-Efficient Ever
September 16, 2013
But it ain't like him to unbelt for a chunk unless he knows something.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
I tell ye what you do: Give him a bone or a chunk of tough meat to chaw on.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"He needs a chunk of lead about the middle of his appetite," Taterleg declared.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
"A chunk of wood banged me in the forehead," said Tom simply.Tom Slade with the Colors
Percy K. Fitzhugh
Just a handful of twigs at a time will cook coffee or roast a chunk of meat.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
- a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
- a considerable amount
Word Origin and History for chunk
"thick block" of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of chuck (n.1) "cut of meat;" meaning "large amount" is 1883, American English.