chunk

chunk1
/chungk/, n.
1. a thick mass or lump of anything: a chunk of bread; a chunk of firewood.
2. Informal. a thick-set and strong person.
3. a strong and stoutly built horse or other animal.
4. a substantial amount of something: Rent is a real chunk out of my pay.
v.t.
5. to cut, break, or form into chunks: Chunk that wedge of cheese and put the pieces on a plate.
6. to remove a chunk or chunks from (often fol. by out): Storms have chunked out the road.
v.i.
7. to form, give off, or disintegrate into chunks: My tires have started to chunk.
[1685-95; nasalized var. of CHUCK2]
Syn. 1. hunk, piece, wad, gob.
chunk2
/chungk/, v.t. South Midland and Southern U.S.
1. to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
2. to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).
[1825-35, Amer.; perh. nasalized var. of CHUCK1]

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  • chunk — [tʃʌŋk] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: CHUCK2] 1.) a large thick piece of something that does not have an even shape ▪ ice chunks chunk of ▪ a chunk of bread 2.) a large part or amount of something ▪ The rent takes a large chunk out of my monthly… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chunk´i|ly — chunk|y «CHUHNG kee», adjective, chunk|i|er, chunk|i|est. 1. like a chunk; short and thick: »He threw a chunky log on the fire. 2. Informal. stocky: »The little boy had …   Useful english dictionary

  • chunk|y — «CHUHNG kee», adjective, chunk|i|er, chunk|i|est. 1. like a chunk; short and thick: »He threw a chunky log on the fire. 2. Informal. stocky: »The little boy had …   Useful english dictionary

  • chunk — chunk·ed; chunk·ey; chunk; chunk·i·ly; chunk·i·ness; …   English syllables

  • Chunk — (ch[u^][ng]k), n. [Cf. {Chump}.] A short, thick piece of anything. [Colloq. U. S. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chunk — [ tʃʌŋk ] noun count 1. ) a large thick piece of something: a thick stew with chunks of meat and vegetables 2. ) a large amount or part of something: It will cost a chunk of money to fix the car this time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chunk — index part (portion), segment Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • chunk — 1690s, nasalized variant of CHUCK (Cf. chuck) (n.) cut of meat; meaning large amount is 1889. Verb meaning to throw is 1835, Amer.Eng. Related: Chunked; chunking …   Etymology dictionary

  • chunk — (informal) A small parcel …   Glossary of postal terms

  • chunk — [n] mass, slab of something block, clod, dollop, glob, gob, hunk, lump, nugget, part, piece, portion, wad; concept 471 …   New thesaurus

  • chunk — ► NOUN 1) a thick, solid piece. 2) a large amount. ORIGIN apparently an alteration of CHUCK(Cf. ↑chucker) …   English terms dictionary

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