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[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.
Origin of chunk1
1685-95; nasalized variant of chuck2
1. hunk, piece, wad, gob.


[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).
1825-35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1 Unabridged
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  • However, as the comments indicate here, a good chunk of the product coming in is not properly tested and lacks in performance.
  • Put together, the meteorite became almost whole again, with the missing chunk offering a glimpse of the sparkling interior.
  • Exactly how that chunk is allocated will depend on the local conditions the adult has to face.
  • Both parties must be largely donated to by the same chunk of people.
  • Residential investment, which is driven by new housing starts, makes up a large chunk of the volatile bit of the economy.
  • But the biggest chunk is for new hydroelectric projects.
  • His boast is probably too high-no accurate figures are available-but it certainly a sizeable chunk.
  • The north wants a fat chunk of the revenues as a fee.
  • They make up a substantial chunk of the execution lobby.
British Dictionary definitions for chunk


a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
a considerable amount
Word Origin
C17: variant of chuck²
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Word Origin and History for chunk

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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chunk



To throw; chuck (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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