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chunk1

[chuhngk] /tʃʌŋk/
noun
1.
a thick mass or lump of anything:
a chunk of bread; a chunk of firewood.
2.
Informal. a thick-set and strong person.
3.
a strong and stoutly built horse or other animal.
4.
a substantial amount of something:
Rent is a real chunk out of my pay.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cut, break, or form into chunks:
Chunk that wedge of cheese and put the pieces on a plate.
6.
to remove a chunk or chunks from (often followed by out):
Storms have chunked out the road.
verb (used without object)
7.
to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks:
My tires have started to chunk.
Origin of chunk1
1685-1695
1685-95; nasalized variant of chuck2
Synonyms
1. hunk, piece, wad, gob.

chunk2

[chuhngk] /tʃʌŋk/
verb (used with object), South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
to toss or throw; chuck:
chunking pebbles at the barn door.
2.
to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).
Origin
1825-35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant of chuck1
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  • Charlie took out a chunk of bread, dabbed a spoonful of marmalade on top of it, and gave it to the lad.

  • I tell ye what you do: Give him a bone or a chunk of tough meat to chaw on.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Do not let the butcher persuade you to get a long, thin piece; insist on a chunk.

    Living on a Little Caroline French Benton
  • The Major pulled his moustache and flicked a chunk of mud from his boot with his whip.

    Great Britain at War Jeffery Farnol
  • Also, Pete intimated that there was a good chance of prevailing upon the dining-car conductor to throw off a chunk of ice.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for chunk

chunk

/tʃʌŋk/
noun
1.
a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
2.
a considerable amount
Word Origin
C17: variant of chuck²
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Word Origin and History for chunk
n.

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

v.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for chunk

chunk

verb

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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