chuck

1 [chuhk]
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:
1575–85; origin uncertain


1. fling, pitch, heave, hurl.
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chuck

2 [chuhk]
noun
1.
the cut of beef between the neck and the shoulder blade. See diag. under beef.
2.
a block or log used as a chock.
3.
Machinery.
a.
a device for centering and clamping work in a lathe or other machine tool.
b.
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

chuck

3 [chuhk]
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

chuck

4 [chuhk]
noun Western U.S. Slang.
food; provisions.

Origin:
1840–50; special use of chuck2

chuck

5 [chuhk]
noun Informal.

Origin:
by shortening

chuck

6 [chuhk]
noun Canadian Slang.
2.
any body of water.

Origin:
1855–60; < Chinook Jargon, probably < Nootka čʾaʔak water, reinforced by Lower Chinook ł-čuq water

Chuck

[chuhk]
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Charles.
2.
Older Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
a.
a term used to refer to a white person.
b.
white society, culture, and values.

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.

Berry

[ber-ee; for 2 also French be-ree]
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.

Yeager

[yey-ger]
noun
Charles (Elwood) ("Chuck") born 1923, U.S. aviator and test pilot: the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound (1947).
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berry (ˈbɛrɪ)
 
n , 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
 
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
5.  to bear or produce berries
6.  to gather or look for berries
 
[Old English berie; related to Old High German beri, Dutch bezie]
 
'berried
 
adj

Berry
 
n
1.  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.  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

chuck1 (tʃʌk)
 
vb (sometimes foll by in or up) (usually foll by up)
1.  informal to throw
2.  to pat affectionately, esp under the chin
3.  informal to give up; reject: he chucked up his job; she chucked her boyfriend
4.  slang chiefly (US) to vomit
5.  informal (Austral), (NZ) chuck off at to abuse or make fun of
 
n
6.  a throw or toss
7.  a playful pat under the chin
8.  informal the chuck dismissal
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

chuck2 (tʃʌk)
 
n
1.  Also called: chuck steak a cut of beef extending from the neck to the shoulder blade
2.  a.  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
 b.  four jaw chuck, Also called: independent jaw chuck a similar device having independently adjustable jaws for holding an unsymmetrical workpiece
 
[C17: variant of chock]

chuck3 (tʃʌk)
 
vb
1.  (intr) a less common word for cluck
 
n
2.  a clucking sound
3.  a term of endearment
 
[C14 chukken to cluck, of imitative origin]

chuck4 (tʃʌk)
 
n
1.  a large body of water
2.  short for saltchuck
 
[C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka chauk]

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Word Origin & History

berry
O.E. berie, a word that perhaps meant "grapes" at first, from P.Gmc. *basjom (cf. O.N. ber, M.Du. bere, Ger. beere), of unknown origin. This and apple are the only native fruit names.

chuck
1593, variant of chock "give a blow under the chin," possibly from Fr. choquer "to shock, strike against."

chuck
1674, probably a variant of chock. Originally used of wood or meat. Hence, chuck wagon, 1880.
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berry  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (běr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
Skippers routinely chuck the first catch over the side to make room for the
  more profitable fish.
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.
Every so often, the chimp would pick up a stone and chuck it toward the crowd,
  causing it to disperse.
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