chuck

1
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

verb (used with object)

noun

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Idioms for chuck

    chuck it, British Slang. stop it; shut up: Sorry for snapping, but your children don't know when to chuck it!

Origin of chuck

1
First recorded in 1575–85; origin uncertain; psossibly from French choquer “to knock, clash;” cf. shock1

Definition for chuck (2 of 7)

chuck2
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun

the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade: Braise the chuck and you'll have a tender, inexpensive piece of meat.
a block or log used as a chock: Have you got a chuck I can use to keep my wagon from rolling?
Machinery.
  1. a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool: You can't do the fine lathe work on the spindles without a proper chuck.
  2. a device for holding a drill bit: This drill has a keyless chuck, which is great for jobs requiring frequent bit changes.

verb (used with object)

Machinery. to hold or secure with a chuck: A poorly chucked drill bit is neither efficient nor safe.

Origin of chuck

2
First recorded in 1665–75; variant of chock; see chunk1

Definition for chuck (3 of 7)

chuck3
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

verb (used with or without object)

to cluck: The hypnotist made them chuck like chickens!A mother hen is chucking her chicks to come to her side.

noun

a clucking sound: We heard a loud chuck and saw him dashing from the henhouse with our prized layer.
Archaic. (used as a term of endearment): my love, my chuck.

Origin of chuck

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

Definition for chuck (4 of 7)

chuck4
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Western U.S. Slang.

food or provisions, as on a cattle ranch or trail: By the time we stopped for some chuck, I was too dang tired to eat.

Origin of chuck

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

Definition for chuck (5 of 7)

chuck5
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Informal.

woodchuck: Those blasted chucks have wiped out our entire garden.

Origin of chuck

5
By shortening

Definition for chuck (6 of 7)

chuck6
[ chuhk ]
/ tʃʌk /

noun Canadian Slang.

water: Just give me some fresh air and clean chuck.
any body of water: Lordy, that Nipigon is a beautiful chuck.

Origin of chuck

6
First recorded in 1855–60; from Chinook Jargon, probably from Nootka čʾaʔak “water,” reinforced by Lower Chinook ł-čuq “water”

Definition for chuck (7 of 7)

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 for Chuck

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for chuck (1 of 4)

chuck1
/ (tʃʌk) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for chuck

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for chuck (2 of 4)

chuck2
/ (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 4)

chuck3
/ (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 4)

chuck4
/ (tʃʌk) /

noun Canadian West coast

a large body of water
short for saltchuck

Word Origin for chuck

C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka chauk
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