\ ˈchəŋ-kē How to pronounce chunky (audio) \
chunkier; chunkiest

Definition of chunky

1a : heavy, solid, and thick or bulky a chunky sweater chunky bracelets especially : stocky an athlete with a chunky build
b : plump, chubby
2 : filled with chunks chunky peanut butter

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Other Words from chunky

chunkily \ ˈchəŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce chunkily (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for chunky


clumpy, curdy, lumpy, nubbly, nubby



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Examples of chunky in a Sentence

The shoes have chunky heels. an athlete with a chunky build

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One person was in critical condition after being extracted from the chunky snow that spilled over the Kandahar ski slope, Commander Christian Varone of the Valais regional police said. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Avalanche hits skiers at Swiss resort; 4 rescued so far," 19 Feb. 2019 Styled with blazers and pumps, or your go-to chunky sneakers—this athleisure trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Trends to Go All In On for 2019," 8 Jan. 2019 The Balenciaga Triple S Just Got Even Crazier The ur-chunky sneaker gets a Frankenstein upgrade. Liz Raiss, GQ, "The Balenciaga Triple S Just Got Even Crazier," 20 June 2018 Owing to its folding design, which is basically two phones of typical thickness joined on their longest edge by a hinge of screen, the Fold gets chunky when in compact mode. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Samsung Galaxy Fold Is a Thick Boy, Just Not in the Way You Actually Need," 20 Feb. 2019 Some were soft and ethereal, like the pastel pink and orange extensions worked into one model’s light brown mane; others went bolder, like the chunky, bright purple pieces clipped onto fiery red hair. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Mary Katrantzou Makes the Case for Spunky Clip-In Streaks," 17 Feb. 2019 As well as a chunky silver necklace, Lana accessorized her look with a white rose worn on her wrist, in keeping with a majority of attendees. Alex Rees, Cosmopolitan, "Melancholy Angel Lana Del Rey Legit Wore a HALO To The Grammys," 29 Jan. 2018 One of my co-workers looks chic every day sporting floor-length back sheaths under chunky sweaters. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: A Vintage Versace Jean Jacket," 9 Jan. 2019 Seriously, throw one on under a dress, under a jacket, under a chunky sweater – instantaneous style. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of chunky

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of chunky

: heavy, thick, and solid
: somewhat fat
: having a short and strong body


\ ˈchəŋ-kē How to pronounce chunky (audio) \
chunkier; chunkiest

Kids Definition of chunky

1 : heavy, thick, and solid chunky jewelry
2 : having a short and thick body a chunky wrestler
3 : containing many solid pieces chunky peanut butter

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to boil down or concentrate

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