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chunk

noun \ ˈchəŋk \

Definition of chunk

1 :a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal)
2 :a large noteworthy quantity or part
  • bet a sizable chunk of money on the race
3 :a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse

Examples of chunk in a Sentence

  1. She cut the fruit into large chunks.

  2. She spends a good chunk of her day on the phone.

  3. He devoted a large chunk of time to the project.

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Origin and Etymology of chunk

perhaps alteration of chuck short piece of wood

chunk Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Antonyms
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
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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chunk

verb

Definition of chunk

intransitive verb
:to make a dull plunging or explosive sound
  • the rhythmic chunking of thrown quoits
  • —John Updike
transitive verb
:to mishit (a golf ball or shot) by striking the ground behind the ball

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Origin and Etymology of chunk

imitative



CHUNK Defined for English Language Learners

chunk

noun

Definition of chunk for English Language Learners

  • : a thick piece of something

  • : a large amount or part of something


CHUNK Defined for Kids

chunk

noun \ ˈchəŋk \

Definition of chunk for Students

:a short thick piece
  • a chunk of ice


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