Definition of chuck verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    chuck

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tʃʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chuck
    BrE BrE//tʃʌk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌk//
     
    he / she / it chucks
    BrE BrE//tʃʌks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌks//
     
    past simple chucked
    BrE BrE//tʃʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌkt//
     
    past participle chucked
    BrE BrE//tʃʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌkt//
     
    -ing form chucking
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃʌkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃʌkɪŋ//
     
    Separation
     
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  1. 1(informal, especially British English) to throw something carelessly or without much thought chuck something (+ adv./prep.) He chucked the paper in a drawer. chuck somebody something Chuck me the newspaper, would you? Synonymsthrowtoss hurl fling chuck lob bowl pitchThese words all mean to send something from your hand through the air.throw to send something from your hand or hands through the air:Some kids were throwing stones at the window. She threw the ball and he caught it.toss to throw something lightly or carelessly:She tossed her jacket onto the bed.hurl to throw something violently in a particular direction:Rioters hurled a brick through the car’s windscreen.fling to throw somebody/​something somewhere with a lot of force, especially because you are angry or in a hurry:She flung the letter down onto the table.chuck (especially British English, informal) to throw something carelessly:I chucked him the keys.lob (informal) to throw something so that it goes high through the air:They were lobbing stones over the wall.bowl (in cricket) to throw the ball to the batsmanpitch (in baseball) to throw the ball to the batterPatterns to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch something at/​to somebody/​something to throw/​toss/​fling/​chuck something aside/​away to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck/​lob/​bowl/​pitch a ball to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling/​chuck stones/​rocks/​a brick to throw/​toss/​hurl/​fling something angrily to throw/​toss something casually/​carelessly
  2. 2(informal) to give up or stop doing something chuck something You haven't chucked your job! chuck something in/up I'm going to chuck it all in (= give up my job) and go abroad.
  3. 3chuck somebody (British English, informal) to leave your boyfriend or girlfriend and stop having a relationship with him or her Has he chucked her? See related entries: Separation
  4. 4chuck something (informal) to throw something away That's no good—just chuck it.
  5. Word Originverb late 17th cent. (as a verb): from chuck, referring to a playful touch under the chin, probably from Old French chuquer, later choquer ‘to knock, bump’, of unknown ultimate origin. Extra examplesHe chucked the bags down onto the floor. He picked up the letter and chucked it into the bin. He was tempted to chuck his job. I’m going to chuck it all in and go abroad. She had a go at learning the piano, but chucked it in after a year. The children have been chucking their toys around again. They got chucked out of a pub for being drunk and noisy. Chuck me that newspaper, can you? He chucked the paper into a drawer. I chucked him the keys. They were always chucking plates and things at each other.Idioms
    chuck somebody under the chin
     
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    (old-fashioned) to touch somebody gently under the chin in a friendly way
    it’s chucking it down
     
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    (British English, informal) it’s raining heavily
    Phrasal Verbschuck somethingawaychuck somebody off (something)
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