adjective, chalk·i·er, chalk·i·est.

of or like chalk.
of a chalklike consistency: chalky soil.
without resonance, color, warmth, etc.: several high tones that were quite chalky.
Photography. lacking in detail, due to extreme contrast: a chalky print.


Nearby words

  1. chalkboard,
  2. chalkface,
  3. chalkpit,
  4. chalkrail,
  5. chalkstone,
  6. challah,
  7. challenge,
  8. challenge diet,
  9. challenged,
  10. challenger

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chalky



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper