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adjective, chunk·i·er, chunk·i·est.
  1. thick or stout; stocky.
  2. in chunks.
  3. full of chunks; coarse: chunky peanut butter; The soup was so chunky it was almost a stew.

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. 2018

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adjective chunkier or chunkiest
  1. thick and short
  2. consisting of or containing thick pieceschunky dog food
  3. 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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