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[chuhng-kee] /ˈtʃʌŋ ki/
adjective, chunkier, chunkiest.
thick or stout; stocky.
in chunks.
full of chunks; coarse:
chunky peanut butter; The soup was so chunky it was almost a stew.
Origin of chunky
An Americanism dating back to 1745-55; chunk1 + -y1
Related forms
chunkily, adverb
chunkiness, noun Unabridged
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  • chunky shivered, and said he didn't wonder people said there were spooks there.

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    Frank Gee Patchin
  • "chunky's appetite is a wonderful thing, Mr. Stallings," said Tad.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas

    Frank Gee Patchin
  • A short, chunky party with a stubby nose and sort of a solid-lookin' chin, he is.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • That air the name ez the chunky man gin him when they fust kem in.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • There was the "school grouch," surly Jack Ryan, the chunky ex-chauffeur.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for chunky


adjective chunkier, chunkiest
thick and short
consisting of or containing thick pieces: chunky dog food
(mainly Brit) (of clothes, esp knitwear) made of thick bulky material
Derived Forms
chunkily, adverb
chunkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chunky

"thickset," 1751, from chunk + -y (2). Originally U.S. colloquial. Related: Chunkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chunky



Chubby; fat: lookin' a little chunky in that dress

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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