[ chuhngk ]
/ tʃʌŋk /
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.
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.
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lob, plunge, nudge, shove, propel, heave, sling, dig, punch, lunge, smack, poke, stab, stick, interject, elbow, jab, sink, fire, fling
Origin of chunk1
First recorded in 1685–95; nasalized variant of chuck2
[ chuhngk ]
/ tʃʌŋk /
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 chunk2
1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1
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Examples from the Web for 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|Stephen Crane
/ (ˈtʃʌŋkɪŋ) /
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
/ (tʃʌŋk) /
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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