- 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 chunk2
1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1
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- a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
- a considerable amount
Word Origin for chunk
C17: variant of chuck ²
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"thick block" of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of chuck (n.1) "cut of meat;" meaning "large amount" is 1883, American English.
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