I. noun Etymology: perhaps alteration of chuck short piece of wood Date: 1691 1. a short thick piece or lump (as of wood or coal) 2. a large noteworthy quantity or part <
bet a sizable chunk of money on the race
3. a strong thickset horse usually smaller than a draft horse II. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1890 intransitive verb to make a dull plunging or explosive sound <
the rhythmic chunking of thrown quoits — John Updike
transitive verb to mishit (a golf ball or shot) by striking the ground behind the ball

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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

  • chunk — [chuŋk] n. [< ? CHUCK2] 1. a short, thick piece, as of meat or wood 2. a considerable portion ☆ 3. a stocky animal, esp. a horse …   English World dictionary

  • chunk — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, great, huge, large, sizeable, substantial ▪ He bit a great chunk out of the apple. ▪ This one project has taken a substantial chunk of our b …   Collocations dictionary

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