chunkier; chunkiest
: heavy, solid, and thick or bulky
a chunky sweater
chunky bracelets
especially : stocky
an athlete with a chunky build
: filled with chunks
chunky peanut butter
chunkily adverb

Examples of chunky in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Chunky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


chunkier; chunkiest
: full of chunks
chunky peanut butter

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