verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to score or earn: They chalked up two runs in the first inning.
- to charge or ascribe to: It was a poor performance, but may be chalked up to lack of practice.
Origin of chalk
Related Words for chalkcream, buttermilk, half-and-half, choice, pick, darling, idol, impress, seal, delineate, portray, depict, chart, paint, bleach, compose, rewrite, create, scrawl, sign
Examples from the Web for chalk
Contemporary Examples of chalk
The Cadet turned suddenly with a surprised look, opened his hand and said ‘a piece of chalk,’ at the same time displaying it.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Heroin used to come in the same way, either packed in bundles of wax baggies or as chunks resembling sticks of chalk.This Anti-Heroin Drug Is Now King of the Jailhouse Drug Trade
July 17, 2014
Notes were scrawled on a large white board, and “The Internet Association” was written in chalk on a blackboard.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
Submit to his apologia for Murmelstein, or chalk this up to a case of a filmmaker courting controversy?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’
February 7, 2014
In a vain attempt at positive self-reinforcement, chalk all this up to maybe having worked out too hard last week.So You Have an Inconsequential But Awful Illness
Kelly Williams Brown
January 18, 2014
Historical Examples of chalk
The chalk is deeply indented in many places, and is honey-combed with caves.Yorkshire Painted And Described
The fascination of writing on it with chalk still obsessed the children.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Where's that piece o' chalk you had when you marked out your tumbler-quilt?
I'll chalk a lane into the closet, an' we'll both keep a right o' way there.
A may bush, overhanging a little precipice of chalk, caught her eye.The Incomplete Amorist
Word Origin for chalk
Old English cealc "chalk, lime, plaster; pebble," a West Germanic borrowing from Latin calx (2) "limestone, lime (crushed limestone), small stone," from Greek khalix "small pebble," which many trace to a PIE root for "split, break up." In most Germanic languages still with the "limestone" sense, but in English transferred to the opaque, white, soft limestone found abundantly in the south of the island. Modern spelling is from early 14c. The Latin word for "chalk" was creta, which also is of unknown origin.
1570s, "to mix with chalk;" 1590s as "to mark with chalk," from chalk (n.). Related: Chalked; chalking. Old English had cealcian "to whiten." Certain chalk marks on shipped objects meant "admitted" or "shipped free," hence some figurative senses. Chalk boards also were commonly used in keeping credit, score, etc., hence figurative use of chalk it up (1903).