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 chalkingimpress, seal, delineate, portray, depict, chart, paint, chalk, bleach, compose, rewrite, create, scrawl, sign, note, record, pen, draft, address, print
Examples from the Web for chalking
Contemporary Examples of chalking
That includes Palin's crosshairs map, which Mitchell says he "didn't think much about," chalking it up to "politics."Palin's Other Arizona 'Targets'
January 10, 2011
Cynics have long derided the supposed lottery curse as a fraud, chalking it up to inflated media coverage of such deaths.Lotto Death Curse
February 19, 2010
Historical Examples of chalking
The work was not fine; we laid it out by chalking around a small plate.Quilts
Marie D. Webster
He went on, therefore, chalking out Lovel's literary career for him.The Antiquary, Complete
Sir Walter Scott
Here and there a man was chalking crosses on his gate or shutters.The White Terror and The Red
They were chalking Vive Napolon upon the pavements and walls.The Life of Roger Langdon
He was now chalking his cue, and his eyes had an excited glitter.Johnstone of the Border
Word Origin for chalk
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).
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.