- 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
First recorded in 1685–95; nasalized variant of chuck2
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1. hunk, piece, wad, gob.
- 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
1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1
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Examples from the Web for chunked
Miss Annie, she tried once to whup me 'cause I chunked rocks at her li'l chickens, but mighty little whuppin' she done.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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One wall was completely sheared away and fragments of it chunked the ground.The Jewels of Aptor
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Raoul jerked the knife free and swung; it chunked into the Indian's arm like a meat cleaver.Shaman
Getting up one morning earlier than my companions, I chunked the fire for breakfast, and stood waiting for it to begin blazing.Life and Adventures of 'Billy' Dixon
It is then chunked, that is, cleft pieces of wood are driven in between the logs, to fill up the open places.
- a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
- a considerable amount
C17: variant of chuck ²
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Word Origin and History for chunked
"thick block" of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of chuck (n.1) "cut of meat;" meaning "large amount" is 1883, American English.
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