adjective, chunk·i·er, chunk·i·est.

thick or stout; stocky.
in chunks.
full of chunks; coarse: chunky peanut butter; The soup was so chunky it was almost a stew.

Nearby words

  1. chungju,
  2. chungking,
  3. chunjie,
  4. chunk,
  5. chunking,
  6. chunnel,
  7. chunter,
  8. chupacabra,
  9. chupatti,
  10. chuppah

Origin of chunky

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; chunk1 + -y1

Related formschunk·i·ly, adverbchunk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chunky


adjective chunkier or chunkiest

thick and short
consisting of or containing thick pieceschunky dog food
mainly British (of clothes, esp knitwear) made of thick bulky material
Derived Formschunkily, adverbchunkiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for chunky



"thickset," 1751, from chunk + -y (2). Originally U.S. colloquial. Related: Chunkiness.

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