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Etymology 1Edit

chunk +‎ -y


chunky (comparative chunkier or more chunky, superlative chunkiest or most chunky)

  1. Having chunks.
    I ate a chunky bar of chocolate.
    • 2012, Giuliano Hazan, Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta: 100 Quick and Easy Recipes, Open Road Media (→ISBN)
      They are traditionally served with meat sauces, but are also good with chunky vegetable sauces.
    • 2017, Kieren Hawken, The A-Z of Atari 2600 Games: Volume 1
      The VCS version looks a little different with its chunky graphics and use of colours but the 112 game variations (yes you read that right!) more than make up for it!
  2. (euphemistic, of a person) Fat.
    I prefer chunky blonde girls to skinny brunettes.
    • 2009, Dan Elconin, Never After, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 112:
      “Nigel used to be chunky, huh?” “I was not chunky,” Nigel said testily. “I was just... hefty .
    • 2011, Broxin Delano, Black Sparrow, BalboaPress (→ISBN), page 19:
      In sixth grade I was first propositioned by a chunky girl named Tijuana Downs. She called me on the telephone one evening and asked me if I would like to be her boyfriend.
  3. Of a cat: having a large, solid bodyline.
    The British Shorthair has a distinctively chunky body, dense coat and broad face.

Etymology 2Edit

See chunkey.


chunky (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of chunkey (Native American game).