\ 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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Few would keep pouring chunky milk over cereal, but many might overlook a spot of mold on bread. Washington Post, "‘Sell By’ or what? US pushes for clarity on expiration dates," 6 June 2019 And speaking of sun, Andrea Valle caught the glow of golden hour with dewy skin, brush-up brows, and chunky crimson highlights. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Aweng Chuol, Margot Robbie, and More," 26 May 2019 Turner completed her look with a pair of chunky white trainers, and pulled up white socks. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra Step Out with Their Jonas Husbands in New York," 11 May 2019 Their romance was as embedded into mid-2000s culture as Paris Hilton, Juicy Couture tracksuits, and chunky highlights. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meredith and Derek's Relationship on Grey's Anatomy Wouldn't Happen in 2018," 9 Nov. 2018 Shayk's model-off-duty apparel was nonetheless elegant, with a camel coat, chunky turtleneck sweater, white skirt, brown leather boots, and gold hoop earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Appearance in NYC," 20 Mar. 2019 An ’80s jewelry revival, for instance, has begot big chunky pearl necklaces unsuitable for ribbon cuttings. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How Classic Pearls Became Improbably Hip," 11 Dec. 2018 Try a chunky glitter like Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Tutti Fruitti applied with a makeup sponge. Bella Cacciatore, Allure, "Confetti Nails Are the Coolest Manicure Trend for Summer," 9 May 2019 Although chunkier than your average Macbook, the M15's footprint is reasonably slight compared to other gaming laptops. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Razer's Best Mouse, and Other Gaming Gear, for Cheap Today Only," 26 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of chunky

1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of chunky was in 1733

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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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