chalky

[chaw-kee]
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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.

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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Related Words for chalky

milky, dull, pale, white

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Word Origin and History for chalky
adj.

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

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