\ ˈchəŋ-kē \
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 \ 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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Their white and pink headpieces are in the shape of bunnies, with chunky paws that hang down past their shoulders. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Wear Matching Bunny Hats in South Korea," 29 Dec. 2018 On Friday, December 28, the new mom shared a photo of herself sitting in what looks like a loose-fitting black sleeveless dress and chunky sneakers. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Just Clapped Back at a Troll Telling Her to 'Dress Her Age'," 29 Dec. 2018 Many bronze watch cases rely on the color of the material for visual impact, and have chunky, nondescript cases. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "The Best Watches of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Hyland got festive in a fuzzy pink coat, chunky black booties, and gorgeous dark red lipstick. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Shares an Adorable, Supportive Photo of Himself With Sarah Hyland," 13 Dec. 2018 Save these chunky knit blanket tutorials for later by pinning the image below. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 Puma is rereleasing a limited run of its 1986 RS-Computer running shoe, which had a computer chip built into its chunky heel module to record distance, time, and calories. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Puma is rereleasing its classic 1986 RS-Computer running shoe," 11 Dec. 2018 Pound tomatoes and chile together until salsa is chunky. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 The fine steak frites with a chunky gribiche sauce would feel at home in any French bistro, and the roasted chicken, a disjointed half-bird, has its roots in Normandy but soothes the palate with notes of shallots, garlic and apple. Phil Vettel,, "Bar Biscay review: 'Bigger box' gives mfk team more room to play," 13 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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