\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 \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for chunky


fat, thick


skinny, slender, slim, thin

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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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Use a potato masher or large fork to mash the mixture into a chunky paste. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "The chicken sandwich that has it all | Charlotte Observer," 13 Feb. 2018 Pulse until all ingredients have come together and texture is that of a chunky, spreadable paste. Debbi Snook,, "Four recipes fresh from Northeast Ohio CSA farms (photos, recipes)," 14 Oct. 2017 Alternatively, use a blender to pulse until smoother but still slightly chunky, and garnish as above. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Soup Yourself: Recipes Right for This Season," 19 Apr. 2018 There were the chunky, streaky highlights; the ombré; and the bleach blonde double process that left me with lavender hair that would later fade to gray and then platinum. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fix Bad Box Hair Dye," 10 July 2018 In the image, Pusha—dressed in a frayed white jean jacket and chunky white and yellow Dior sneakers—stands next to Kaepernick, who is wearing an unassuming sporty T-shirt-and-shorts combination with a bright pop of green Nike sneakers. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Colin Kaepernick and Pusha T Prove That Not All Heroes Wear Capes—Some Wear Colorful Nikes," 8 June 2018 There are two types of people in the world: those who love clumpy, thick, and chunky mascara—and those who want to chase said people with a lash comb and makeup remover. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Shop The Mascara Used To Create The Major Lashes Backstage At Dior," 28 Sep. 2017 Mash remaining ingredients coarsely into the juices with a fork to make a chunky sauce. House Beautiful, "Red Snapper Veracruz-Style Recipe," 28 Aug. 2010 The star’s look is paired with a black belt-style choker, chunky rings, silver dangling earrings and matching silver bracelets. Jillian Ruffo,, "Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Selena Gomez's Latest Coach Campaign," 2 July 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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