1767, from chalk (n.) + mark (n.). As a verb from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for chalk-mark

Historical Examples of chalk-mark

  • The exhibition of that chalk-mark and the words "Charge to Ward" were enough.

  • And such was the fear of all men that the chalk-mark was never abused.

  • Once, you may remember, we discoursed about a chalk-mark on the door.

    Roundabout Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Another method is to make a chalk-mark on the door, and efface it on payment.


    Julius R. Van Millingen

  • The first time you go forward beyond a certain line one of the sailors will chalk your boot, or draw a chalk-mark around you.

    How to Travel

    Thomas W. Knox