verb (used with object)

to cut, break, or form into chunks: Chunk that wedge of cheese and put the pieces on a plate.
to remove a chunk or chunks from (often followed by out): Storms have chunked out the road.

verb (used without object)

to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks: My tires have started to chunk.

Origin of chunk

First recorded in 1685–95; nasalized variant of chuck2

Synonyms for chunk

1. hunk, piece, wad, gob.



verb (used with object) South Midland and Southern U.S.

to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).

Origin of chunk

1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for chunk

dollop, wad, lump, portion, hunk, piece, block, clod, nugget, glob, part, gob

Examples from the Web for chunk

Contemporary Examples of chunk

Historical Examples of chunk

  • But it ain't like him to unbelt for a chunk unless he knows something.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • I tell ye what you do: Give him a bone or a chunk of tough meat to chaw on.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "He needs a chunk of lead about the middle of his appetite," Taterleg declared.

  • "A chunk of wood banged me in the forehead," said Tom simply.

    Tom Slade with the Colors

    Percy K. Fitzhugh

  • Just a handful of twigs at a time will cook coffee or roast a chunk of meat.

British Dictionary definitions for chunk



a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
a considerable amount

Word Origin for chunk

C17: variant of chuck ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chunk

"thick block" of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of chuck (n.1) "cut of meat;" meaning "large amount" is 1883, American English.


"to throw," 1835, American English, from chunk (n.) or by similar mutation from chuck (v.1). Related: Chunked; chunking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper