Meaning of CHUCK in English

I. ˈchək verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English chukken, of imitative origin

intransitive verb


a. of a hen : to make a clucking noise

b. : to make a noise suggesting the chucking of a hen

2. obsolete : chuckle : laugh inwardly

transitive verb

1. : to call (as chickens) by clucking

2. : to urge (a horse) forward by a chuck or palatal cluck

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English chuk, from chukken, v.

1. : dear — used as a term of endearment

sweet chuck

2. dialect Britain : fowl , chicken

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

1. : to give a pat or caress to under the chin originally to make the mouth close

chucked the barmaid under the chin — Washington Irving



(1) : to toss or jerk out of the hand : throw with a short action of the arm and usually in an easy or careless manner

(2) : to throw (a baseball) to a batter or fielder

b. : to throw away : discard

he had chucked his old suit

c. : dismiss , eject , oust — used especially with out

chucked out of office

3. : to give up : have done with — often used with up

chuck up a job

4. : to clear (the ground) of obstructions with horses or machinery in logging

- chuck it

IV. noun

( -s )

1. : a pat or nudge under the chin

2. : toss , jerk ; especially : a toss or short cast (as of a stone) from the hand

3. : chuck-farthing

4. slang Britain : dismissal

to get the chuck

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably variant of chock

1. now dialect : a log or lump : chunk


a. : a portion of a side of dressed beef including most of the neck, the parts about the shoulder blade, and those about the first three ribs

a chuck roast

— see beef illustration

b. : a similar cut from a carcass of dressed veal or lamb

3. chiefly West : food , grub

4. : a tapered piece of wood used in founding to stiffen the bars of a flask or connect them with parts below the joint


a. : an attachment for holding a workpiece or tool in a machine (as a drill press or lathe) usually by means of adjustable jaws or setscrews — see collet chuck , drill chuck , independent chuck , magnetic chuck , universal chuck

b. : a hydrant carried on fire apparatus for attaching to a chuck hydrant

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to place in a chuck : hold by means of a chuck


variant of chock

VIII. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

: woodchuck

IX. ˈchu̇k, ˈchək noun

( -s )

Etymology: alteration (probably influenced by chuck ) (III) of check (II) (checkstone)

dialect Britain : checkstone

X. ˈchək noun

( -s )

Etymology: Chinook Jargon, water, river, stream, sea, probably from Nootka chauk

Northwest : inlet , harbor

salmon caught right in front of the chuck entrance

a sizable stream … met the salt chuck — N.C.McDonald

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.