- a thick mass or lump of anything: a chunk of bread; a chunk of firewood.
- Informal. a thick-set and strong person.
- a strong and stoutly built horse or other animal.
- a substantial amount of something: Rent is a real chunk out of my pay.
- 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.
- to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks: My tires have started to chunk.
Origin of chunk1
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- 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
Related Words for chunkinglob, plunge, nudge, shove, propel, heave, sling, dig, punch, lunge, smack, poke, stab, stick, interject, elbow, jab, sink, fire, fling
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Historical Examples of chunking
The chunking of the screw affected me also, but I seemed to relate it to a former and pleasing experience.Wounds in the rain
- psychol the grouping together of a number of items by the mind, after which they can be remembered as a single item, such as a word or a musical phrase
- a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
- a considerable amount
Word Origin for chunk
Word Origin and History for chunking
"thick block" of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of chuck (n.1) "cut of meat;" meaning "large amount" is 1883, American English.