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adjective, chalk·i·er, chalk·i·est.
  1. of or like chalk.
  2. of a chalklike consistency: chalky soil.
  3. without resonance, color, warmth, etc.: several high tones that were quite chalky.
  4. Photography. lacking in detail, due to extreme contrast: a chalky print.
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Origin of chalky

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at chalk, -y1
Related formschalk·i·ness, nounnon·chalk·y, adjectiveun·chalk·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for chalkiness

Historical Examples of chalkiness

  • And I sometimes wonder whether this chalkiness is due to the use of the north light!

    Bromide Printing and Enlarging

    John A. Tennant

Word Origin and History for chalkiness



c.1400, from chalk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Chalkiness.

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