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chalky

[chaw-kee] /ˈtʃɔ ki/
adjective, chalkier, chalkiest.
1.
of or like chalk.
2.
of a chalklike consistency:
chalky soil.
3.
without resonance, color, warmth, etc.:
several high tones that were quite chalky.
4.
Photography. lacking in detail, due to extreme contrast:
a chalky print.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see chalk, -y1
Related forms
chalkiness, noun
nonchalky, adjective
unchalky, adjective
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Examples from the web for chalky
  • These clear-plastic, accordion-pleated tubes of sweet red goo are topped by a human skull made of chalky yellow candy.
  • Have two students, each with two chalky erasers, stand outside the boundaries.
  • When the shaking stopped and emergency lights came on, the air was thick with a chalky haze of dust and concrete.
  • It began with new-looking suits and coats in chalky wool, with lightly nipped waists and rather full trousers.
  • Tophi are firm chalky, gritty clumps of uric acid crystals that build up in tissue surrounding a joint.
  • When cooked, chalky halibut is drier, but has acceptable flavor and higher oil and protein content.
Word Origin and History for chalky
adj.

c.1400, from chalk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Chalkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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