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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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The great fish, a full six feet in length, slashed past the sharks and tore a chunk out of the bird.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He took the chunk out of her saucer, and poured the soft in.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Those pesky tourists always whittle a chunk out of my Totem Pole for a souvenir.

    Solar Stiff Chas. A. Stopher
  • Meta punched in the last setting, and the course tape began to chunk out of the case.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • Yes'n, a gal, an' ef she wa'n't a zooner you may jess take an' knock my chunk out.

  • I hope I don't step on something that decides to take a chunk out of my foot.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • One of them will bite a chunk out of a whale, and as quick as he lets go another will take his place.

    The Young Alaskans Emerson Hough
  • A chunk out of an 'and grenade 'it 'im in the thigh, and 'e laughed like 'ell becos 'e'd got a 'cushy' wound.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • "At least two weeks before we get more and a chunk out of the precious grub money," groaned Ernest at breakfast.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Just going to merge my individuality, bite a chunk out of an apple and get kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

    Officer 666 Barton W. Currie
British Dictionary definitions for chunk out


a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
a considerable amount
Word Origin
C17: variant of chuck²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chunk out



"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 out



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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