chunk 2[chuhngk] Word Origin verb (used with object) South Midland and Southern U.S.
- to toss or throw; chuck: chunking pebbles at the barn door.
- to make or rekindle (a fire) by adding wood, coal, etc., or by stoking (sometimes followed by up).
Origin of chunk 2 1825–35, Americanism; perhaps nasalized variant ofBritish Dictionary definitions for chunk up chunk noun
- a thick solid piece, as of meat, wood, etc
- a considerable amount
Word Origin for chunk C17: variant of chuck ² Word Origin and History for chunk up chunk n.
“thick block” of something, 1690s, probably a nasalized variant of(n.1) “cut of meat;” meaning “large amount” is 1883, American English.
“to throw,” 1835, American English, from(n.) or by similar mutation from (v.1). Related: Chunked; chunking.