1. A thick mass or piece: a chunk of ice.
2. Informal A substantial amount: won quite a chunk of money.
3. A strong stocky horse.
v. chunked, chunk·ing, chunks
To form into chunks.
To make a dull clacking sound: listened to the rundown copier chunk along.
[Perhaps variant of CHUCK2.]
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