- 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 chunking
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- psychol the grouping together of a number of items by the mind, after which they can be remembered as a single item, such as a word or a musical phrase
- 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 chunking
"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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