Definition of chunk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃʌŋk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃʌŋk//
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  1. 1a thick solid piece that has been cut or broken off something a chunk of cheese/masonry
  2. 2(informal) a fairly large amount of something I've already written a fair chunk of the article.
  3. 3(linguistics) a phrase or group of words which can be learnt as a unit by somebody who is learning a language. Examples of chunks are ‘Can I have the bill, please?’ and ‘Pleased to meet you’.
  4. Word Originlate 17th cent.: apparently an alteration of the noun chuck senses (1) and (3).Extra examples He cut the food up into bite-size chunks. I bought the cheese in one big chunk. The listening texts consist of short, bite-sized chunks which are accessible to beginners. The texts consist of short, bite-sized chunks. This one project has taken a substantial chunk of our budget. a huge chunk of meat/​rock/​text a tin of pineapple chunks Chunks of masonry lay in the grass around the ruined building.Idioms (North American English, slang) to vomit
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