chunk

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[chuhngk]
verb (used with object) South Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
  2. to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).

Origin of chunk

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1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1
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British Dictionary definitions for chunk up

chunk

noun
  1. a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
  2. a considerable amount

Word Origin for chunk

C17: variant of chuck ²
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Word Origin and History for chunk up

chunk

n.

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

chunk

v.

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

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