chuck

1
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /
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verb (used with object)

noun

Idioms

    chuck it, British Slang. stop it; shut up.

Origin of chuck

1
First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain

Definition for chuck (2 of 9)

chuck

2
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun

the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade.
a block or log used as a chock.
Machinery.
  1. a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool.
  2. a device for holding a drill bit.

verb (used with object)

Machinery. to hold or secure with a chuck.

Origin of chuck

2
1665–75; variant of chock. See chunk1

Definition for chuck (3 of 9)

chuck

3
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

verb (used with or without object)

to cluck.

noun

a clucking sound.
Archaic. (used as a term of endearment): my love, my chuck.

Origin of chuck

3
1350–1400; Middle English chuk, expressive word, apparently imitative

Definition for chuck (4 of 9)

chuck

4
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Western U.S. Slang.

food; provisions.

Origin of chuck

4
First recorded in 1840–50; special use of chuck2

Definition for chuck (5 of 9)

chuck

5
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Informal.


Origin of chuck

5
by shortening

Definition for chuck (6 of 9)

chuck

6
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Canadian Slang.

any body of water.

Origin of chuck

6
1855–60; < Chinook Jargon, probably < Nootka čʾaʔak water, reinforced by Lower Chinook ł-čuq water

Definition for chuck (7 of 9)

Chuck

[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun

a male given name, form of Charles.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a term used to refer to a white person.
  2. white society, culture, and values.

Usage note

Chuck in its slang sense was used especially in the 1960s and 1970s by black people. This use arose by analogy with Mister Charlie, a slang term used in the same sense and also derived from a nickname for Charles.

Definition for chuck (8 of 9)

Yeager

[ yey-ger ]
/ ˈyeɪ gər /

noun

Charles (Elwood)Chuck, born 1923, U.S. aviator and test pilot: the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound (1947).

Definition for chuck (9 of 9)

Berry

[ ber-ee; for 2 also French be-ree ]
/ ˈbɛr i; for 2 also French bɛˈri /

noun

Charles Edward AndersonChuck, born 1926, U.S. rock-'n'-roll singer, musician, and composer.
Also Ber·ri. a former province in central France.

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British Dictionary definitions for chuck (1 of 6)

chuck

1
/ (tʃʌk) /

verb (mainly tr)


noun

Word Origin for chuck

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (2 of 6)

chuck

2
/ (tʃʌk) /

noun

Also called: chuck steak a cut of beef extending from the neck to the shoulder blade
  1. Also called: three jaw chuck a device that holds a workpiece in a lathe or tool in a drill, having a number of adjustable jaws geared to move in unison to centralize the workpiece or tool
  2. Also called: four jaw chuck, independent jaw chuck a similar device having independently adjustable jaws for holding an unsymmetrical workpiece

Word Origin for chuck

C17: variant of chock

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (3 of 6)

chuck

3
/ (tʃʌk) /

verb

(intr) a less common word for cluck (def. 2)

noun

a clucking sound
a term of endearment

Word Origin for chuck

C14 chukken to cluck, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (4 of 6)

chuck

4
/ (tʃʌk) /

noun Canadian West coast

a large body of water
short for saltchuck

Word Origin for chuck

C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka chauk

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (5 of 6)

berry

/ (ˈbɛrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
botany an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (intr)

to bear or produce berries
to gather or look for berries

Derived Forms

berried, adjective

Word Origin for berry

Old English berie; related to Old High German beri, Dutch bezie

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (6 of 6)

Berry

noun

(ˈbɛrɪ) Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry . born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), "Memphis, Tennessee" (1959), and "Promised Land" (1964)
(French bɛri) Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts

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Science definitions for chuck

berry

[ bĕrē ]

A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe pome. See more at simple fruit.
A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.

Usage

Cucumbers and tomatoes aren't usually thought of as berries, but to a botanist they are in fact berries, while strawberries and raspberries are not. In botany, a berry is a fleshy kind of simple fruit consisting of a single ovary that has multiple seeds. Other true berries besides cucumbers and tomatoes are bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Many fruits that are popularly called berries have a different structure and thus are not true berries. For example, strawberries and raspberries are aggregate fruits, developed from multiple ovaries of a single flower. The mulberry is not a true berry either. It is a multiple fruit, like the pineapple, and is made up of the ovaries of several individual flowers.
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