\ 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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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 Some resembled armless turtleneck sweaters, others chunky scarves; and one head-scatching piece fastened asymmetrically at the neck and consisted of little more than a collar and both arms. Adam Tschorn,, "Opioid crisis meets Flemish still-life paintings in Raf Simons' fall/winter 2018 men's collection," 9 Feb. 2018 Then, by the late aughts, it was pushed to the back of the closet, like most trends from that period (bike shorts, chunky sneakers, big logos). Glamour, "Halter Tops Are Shaping Up to Be Summer 2019’s Biggest Throwback Trend," 23 Apr. 2019 For her outing, EmRata wore a chunky pair of gold-tone hoop earrings and a burgundy pair of sunglasses. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski's Summer Style Muse Is Princess Diana," 17 Apr. 2019 Dacha’s borsch is chunky and rich, with a tiny vinegar-and-lemon bite to even out the sweetness of the beets. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Feels like family: Seattle’s Dacha Diner might be your new favorite place," 29 Mar. 2019 The shape started its ascent during the Spring 2019 shows in September, where models at Miu Miu, Jacquemus, and Saint Laurent teetered their way down the catwalk in chunky heels. Vogue, "It’s Official: Platform Sandals Are the Shoe of the Summer," 12 Apr. 2019 Keith strutted his stuff in a navy leopard print suit with chunky tennis shoes. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everyone Is Talking About Nicole Kidman's Racy Dress at the ACM Awards," 8 Apr. 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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