chuck

verb (1)
\ ˈchək How to pronounce chuck (audio) \
chucked; chucking; chucks

Definition of chuck

 (Entry 1 of 5)

chuck

noun (1)

Definition of chuck (Entry 2 of 5)

used as an endearment

chuck

verb (2)
chucked; chucking; chucks

Definition of chuck (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : pat, tap
2a : toss, throw
b : discard chucked his old shirt chuck it out with the trash
c : dismiss, oust used especially with outwas chucked out of office
3 : give up chucked his job

chuck

noun (2)

Definition of chuck (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : a pat or nudge under the chin
2 : an abrupt movement or toss

chuck

noun (3)

Definition of chuck (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : a cut of beef that includes most of the neck, the parts about the shoulder blade, and those about the first three ribs — see beef illustration
2 chiefly Western US : food
3 : an attachment for holding a workpiece or tool in a machine (such as a drill or lathe)

First Known Use of chuck

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1595, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chuck

Verb (1)

Middle English chukken, of imitative origin

Noun (1)

perhaps from chuck chicken

Verb (2)

origin unknown

Noun (3)

English dialect chuck lump

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The first known use of chuck was in the 14th century

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“Chuck.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chucking. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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chuck

verb
\ ˈchək How to pronounce chuck (audio) \
chucked; chucking

Kids Definition of chuck

1 : to give a pat or tap to He chucked me under the chin.
2 : toss entry 1 sense 1 I chucked it out the window.

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