: a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal)
: a large noteworthy quantity or part <bet a sizable chunk of money on the race>
: a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse
Examples of CHUNK
- She cut the fruit into large chunks.
- She spends a good chunk of her day on the phone.
- He devoted a large chunk of time to the project.
Origin of CHUNK
perhaps alteration of chuck
short piece of wood
First Known Use: 1691
Related to CHUNK
- abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, lot, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, heap, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
- ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace
Rhymes with CHUNK
: to make a dull plunging or explosive sound <the rhythmic chunking of thrown quoits — John Updike>
: to mishit (a golf ball or shot) by striking the ground behind the ball
Origin of CHUNK
First Known Use: 1890
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