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chuk·​ka ˈchə-kə How to pronounce chukka (audio)
plural chukkas
: a usually ankle-high leather boot with two or three pairs of eyelets or a buckle and strap
… the store stocks golf shoes, hiking chukkas, hockey skates and shoes for such sports as javelin throwing, wrestling and volleyball …Joseph Pereira
… our name wouldn't be Timberland if our fall offering didn't include a handsewn chukka boot for rugged wear, rain or shine.advertisement in Outside


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chuk·​ka ˈchə-kə How to pronounce chukka (audio)

less common spelling of chukker

: a playing period of a polo game
… the price of a horse that can run, stop and turn, full-out, for the unmitigated seven-and-one-half minutes of a high-goal chukker begins at $15,000.Wendy Insinger
At the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington, some 15 miles west of Palm Beach, for example, one can watch a few chukkers of polo …Nick Ravo
Both teams started evenly exchanging goals in the first chukka.Daily Trust

Examples of chukka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As with almost every other kind of footwear and outerwear, the term chukka boots has broadened considerably over time. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2024 While this is Snyder’s first sneaker offering, the brand launched its first footwear style, a pair of suede chukka boots, in 2022. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 24 Aug. 2023 Then William — playing for U.S. Polo Assocation — took to the field for the third chukka onwards. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 6 July 2023 The chukka boot can be worn casually or dressed up and looks good with almost any outfit. Gabe Patrick, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021 Loro Piana cashmere- and-microfiber reversible bomber, $4,295; Amiri cashmere turtleneck, $1,090, and cotton-corduroy trousers, $990; Etnia Barcelona Rodeo Drive sunglasses, $285; Hermès lambskin gloves, $710; Anderson’s calfskin belt, $195; Goral suede chukka boots, $362. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 4 Dec. 2021 The fragrant and spicy dish simply wouldn’t be what it’s meant to be without its punches, says the chef, who boosts the flavor of the chukka with the lichen called kalpasi. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Some men prefer the slightly higher rise slippers, and this chukka delivers on that front. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2022 The chukka boot is an ankle-high leather boot with a rubber sole. Gabe Patrick, Discover Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

chukka, alteration of chukker; from a similar polo player's boot

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chukka was in 1939

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Cite this Entry

“Chukka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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