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chuck1

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to toss; throw with a quick motion, usually a short distance.
2.
Informal. to resign from; relinquish; give up:
He's chucked his job.
3.
to pat or tap lightly, as under the chin.
4.
Informal. to eject (a person) from a public place (often followed by out):
They chucked him from the bar.
5.
Slang. to vomit; upchuck.
noun
6.
a light pat or tap, as under the chin.
7.
a toss or pitch; a short throw.
8.
a sudden jerk or change in direction.
Idioms
9.
chuck it, British Slang. stop it; shut up.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. fling, pitch, heave, hurl.

chuck2

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
noun
1.
the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade.
2.
a block or log used as a chock.
3.
Machinery.
  1. a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool.
  2. a device for holding a drill bit.
verb (used with object)
4.
Machinery. to hold or secure with a chuck.
Origin
1665-75; variant of chock. See chunk1

chuck3

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to cluck.
noun
2.
a clucking sound.
3.
Archaic. (used as a term of endearment):
my love, my chuck.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English chuk, expressive word, apparently imitative

chuck4

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
noun, Western U.S. Slang.
1.
food; provisions.
Origin
1840-50; special use of chuck2

chuck5

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
noun, Informal.
1.
Origin
by shortening

chuck6

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
noun, Canadian Slang.
1.
2.
any body of water.
Origin
1855-60; < Chinook Jargon, probably < Nootka čʾaʔak water, reinforced by Lower Chinook ł-čuq water

Chuck

[chuhk] /tʃʌk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Charles.
2.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a term used to refer to a white person.
  2. white society, culture, and values.
Usage note
Chuck in its slang sense was used especially in the 1960s and 1970s by black people. This use arose by analogy with Mister Charlie, a slang term used in the same sense and also derived from a nickname for Charles.

Yeager

[yey-ger] /ˈyeɪ gər/
noun
1.
Charles (Elwood) ("Chuck") born 1923, U.S. aviator and test pilot: the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound (1947).

Berry

[ber-ee; for 2 also French be-ree] /ˈbɛr i; for 2 also French bɛˈri/
noun
1.
Charles Edward Anderson ("Chuck") born 1926, U.S. rock-'n'-roll singer, musician, and composer.
2.
Also, Berri. a former province in central France.
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Examples from the web for chuck
  • Skippers routinely chuck the first catch over the side to make room for the more profitable fish.
  • Its fat content varies, but it's usually similar to that of ground beef chuck.
  • Faced with that, some officers reckon it is better to chuck captured weapons overboard but let the people go.
  • Perhaps you want to chuck everything nuclear and put your money on power from wind or solar sources.
  • chuck full with totally new highlights, this year's boot is all-new and completely upgraded.
  • Every so often, the chimp would pick up a stone and chuck it toward the crowd, causing it to disperse.
  • All that's left to do is chuck the empty shell into the kitchen recycling bin with your water bottles.
  • People get mad and chuck other people's stuff out the window.
  • chuck's own heart has led him to an even deeper understanding of the values his parents instilled.
  • If you can chuck reality into the dustbin, then all manners of silliness seem equally plausible.
British Dictionary definitions for chuck

chuck1

/tʃʌk/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(informal) to throw
2.
to pat affectionately, esp under the chin
3.
(informal) sometimes foll by in or up. to give up; reject: he chucked up his job, she chucked her boyfriend
4.
(slang, mainly US) (intransitive) usually foll by up. to vomit
5.
(Austral & NZ, informal) chuck off at, to abuse or make fun of
noun
6.
a throw or toss
7.
a playful pat under the chin
8.
(informal) the chuck, dismissal
See also chuck in, chuck out
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

chuck2

/tʃʌk/
noun
1.
Also called chuck steak. a cut of beef extending from the neck to the shoulder blade
2.
  1. Also called three jaw chuck. a device that holds a workpiece in a lathe or tool in a drill, having a number of adjustable jaws geared to move in unison to centralize the workpiece or tool
  2. Also called four jaw chuck, independent jaw chuck. a similar device having independently adjustable jaws for holding an unsymmetrical workpiece
Word Origin
C17: variant of chock

chuck3

/tʃʌk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) a less common word for cluck (sense 2)
noun
2.
a clucking sound
3.
a term of endearment
Word Origin
C14 chukken to cluck, of imitative origin

chuck4

/tʃʌk/
noun (Canadian W coast)
1.
a large body of water
2.
short for saltchuck
Word Origin
C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka chauk

berry

/ˈbɛrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of various small edible fruits such as the blackberry and strawberry
2.
(botany) an indehiscent fruit with two or more seeds and a fleshy pericarp, such as the grape or gooseberry
3.
any of various seeds or dried kernels, such as a coffee bean
4.
the egg of a lobster, crayfish, or similar animal
verb (intransitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
5.
to bear or produce berries
6.
to gather or look for berries
Derived Forms
berried, adjective
Word Origin
Old English berie; related to Old High German beri, Dutch bezie

Berry

noun
1.
(ˈbɛrɪ). Chuck, full name Charles Edward Berry. born 1926, US rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His frequently covered songs include "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), "Memphis, Tennessee" (1959), and "Promised Land" (1964)
2.
(French) (bɛri). Jean de France (ʒɑ̃ də frɑ̃s), Duc de. 1340–1416, French prince, son of King John II; coregent (1380–88) for Charles VI and a famous patron of the arts
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Word Origin and History for chuck
v.

"to throw," 1590s, variant of chock "give a blow under the chin" (1580s), possibly from French choquer "to shock, strike against," imitative (see shock (n.1)). Related: Chucked; chucking.

n.

"piece of wood or meat," 1670s, probably a variant of chock (n.) "block." "Chock and chuck appear to have been originally variants of the same word, which are now somewhat differentiated." Specifically of shoulder meat from early 18c. American English chuck wagon (1880) is from the meat sense.

"slight blow under the chin," 1610s, from chuck (v.1). Meaning "a toss, a throw" is from 1862. Related: Chucked; chucking.

berry

n.

Old English berie, from Proto-Germanic *basjom (cf. Old Norse ber, Middle Dutch bere, German Beere "berry;" Old Saxon winber, Gothic weinabasi "grape"), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.

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chuck in Science
berry
  (běr'ē)   
  1. A simple fruit that has many seeds in a fleshy pulp. Grapes, bananas, tomatoes, and blueberries are berries. Compare drupe, pome. See more at simple fruit.

  2. A seed or dried kernel of certain kinds of grain or other plants such as wheat, barley, or coffee.


Our Living Language  : Cucumbers and tomatoes aren't usually thought of as berries, but to a botanist they are in fact berries, while strawberries and raspberries are not. In botany, a berry is a fleshy kind of simple fruit consisting of a single ovary that has multiple seeds. Other true berries besides cucumbers and tomatoes are bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Many fruits that are popularly called berries have a different structure and thus are not true berries. For example, strawberries and raspberries are aggregate fruits, developed from multiple ovaries of a single flower. The mulberry is not a true berry either. It is a multiple fruit, like the pineapple, and is made up of the ovaries of several individual flowers.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chuck

chuck

noun
  1. Food; a meal; chow, eats: She invited us in for some chuck (1850+ British)
  2. A white male •Often a term of address used by blacks
verb
  1. To throw, esp to throw or pitch a ball: chuck a mean slider (1590s+)
  2. To discard; throw away: Is it possible she has chucked her aloofness (1850+)
  3. o vomit; upchuck: He looked like he was going to chuck his breakfast (1940s+)

berry

noun

A dollar

[1900s+; perhaps fr the notion of a small unit of something good, and alliterating with buck; see the berries]


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