Origin of chalk

before 900; Middle English chalke, Old English cealc < Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime

Related forms

chalk·like, adjectiveun·chalked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chalk up (1 of 2)

chalk up


verb (tr, adverb) informal

to score or register (something)we chalked up 100 in the game
to credit (money) to an account etc (esp in the phrase chalk it up)

British Dictionary definitions for chalk up (2 of 2)

chalk

/ (tʃɔːk) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

chalklike, adjectivechalky, adjectivechalkiness, noun

Word Origin for chalk

Old English cealc, from Latin calx limestone, from Greek khalix pebble
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Science definitions for chalk up

chalk

[ chôk ]

A soft, white, gray, or yellow limestone consisting mainly of calcium carbonate and formed primarily from the accumulation of fossil microorganisms such as foraminifera and calcareous algae. Chalk is used in making lime, cement, and fertilizers, and as a whitening pigment in ceramics, paints, and cosmetics. The chalk used in classrooms is usually artificial.
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Idioms and Phrases with chalk up

chalk up


1

Score or earn, as in She chalked up enough points to be seeded first in the tournament. This term alludes to recording accounts (and later, scores) in chalk on a slate. [c. 1700]

2

Credit or ascribe, as They chalked their success up to experience. [First half of 1900s]

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