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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chow, chuck, eats, grubnoun

    informal terms for a meal

  2. chucknoun

    the part of a forequarter from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade

  3. chuckverb

    a holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill

  4. chuck, tossverb

    throw carelessly

    "chuck the ball"

  5. chuck, ditchverb

    throw away

    "Chuck these old notes"

  6. chuck, patverb

    pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin

  7. vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw upverb

    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

    "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"


  1. Chucknoun

    A diminutive of the male given name Charles.

  2. Chucknoun

    a Chuck Taylor shoe (usually referred to in plural form, Chucks).

  3. Chucknoun

    The city of Edmonton (so named because of the large Ukrainian population; -chuk (-) is common suffix in Ukrainian surnames).

  4. Etymology: Variant of chock.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chucknoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He made the chuck four or five times, that people use to make to chickens when they call them. William Temple.

    Come, your promise. ———— What promise, chuck? William Shakespeare, Othello.

  2. To Chuckverb

    Then crowing, clapp’d his wings, th’ appointed call,
    To chuck his wives together in the hall. John Dryden, Fables.

    Come, chuck the infant under the chin, force a smile, and cry, ay, the boy takes after his mother’s relations. William Congreve, O. B.

  3. To CHUCKverb

    To make a noise like a hen, when she calls her chickens.

    Etymology: A word probably formed in imitation of the sound that it expresses; or perhaps corrupted from chick.


  1. chuck

    Chuck can refer to several different things depending on the context. Here are some general definitions: 1. Chuck (verb): To throw or toss something with force or abandon. Example: He chucked the ball across the field. 2. Chuck (noun): A cut of meat from the shoulder area of an animal, typically beef. Example: The chuck roast is known for its tenderness and rich flavor. 3. Chuck (noun): A specialized tool used to hold and rotate objects, often in machinery or woodworking. Example: The lathe chuck securely held the wooden block as it was turned into a bowl. 4. Chuck (noun): A term of endearment or informal address, similar to "buddy" or "mate." Example: Hey, chuck, how's it going? 5. Chuck (noun): In informal British slang, to vomit or be sick. Example: He had a bit too much to drink and chucked in the alleyway.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chuckverb

    to make a noise resembling that of a hen when she calls her chickens; to cluck

  2. Chuckverb

    to chuckle; to laugh

  3. Chuckverb

    to call, as a hen her chickens

  4. Chucknoun

    the chuck or call of a hen

  5. Chucknoun

    a sudden, small noise

  6. Chucknoun

    a word of endearment; -- corrupted from chick

  7. Chuckverb

    to strike gently; to give a gentle blow to

  8. Chuckverb

    to toss or throw smartly out of the hand; to pitch

  9. Chuckverb

    to place in a chuck, or hold by means of a chuck, as in turning; to bore or turn (a hole) in a revolving piece held in a chuck

  10. Chucknoun

    a slight blow or pat under the chin

  11. Chucknoun

    a short throw; a toss

  12. Chucknoun

    a contrivance or machine fixed to the mandrel of a lathe, for holding a tool or the material to be operated upon

  13. Chucknoun

    a small pebble; -- called also chuckstone and chuckiestone

  14. Chucknoun

    a game played with chucks, in which one or more are tossed up and caught; jackstones

  15. Chucknoun

    a piece of the backbone of an animal, from between the neck and the collar bone, with the adjoining parts, cut for cooking; as, a chuck steak; a chuck roast

  16. Etymology: [Imitative of the sound.]


  1. ChucK

    ChucK is a concurrent, strongly timed audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, and performance, which runs on Mac OS X, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and iPhone/iPad. It is designed to favor readability and flexibility for the programmer over other considerations such as raw performance. It natively supports deterministic concurrency and multiple, simultaneous, dynamic control rates. Another key feature is the ability to live code; adding, removing, and modifying code on the fly, while the program is running, without stopping or restarting. It has a highly precise timing/concurrency model, allowing for arbitrarily fine granularity. It offers composers and researchers a powerful and flexible programming tool for building and experimenting with complex audio synthesis programs, and real-time interactive control. ChucK was created and chiefly designed by Ge Wang as a graduate student working with Perry R. Cook. ChucK is distributed freely under the terms of the GNU General Public License on Mac OS X, Linux and Microsoft Windows. On iPhone/iPad, ChiP is distributed under a limited, closed source license, and is not currently licensed to the public. However, the core team has stated that it would like to explore "ways to open ChiP by creating a beneficial environment for everyone".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chuck

    chuk, n. the call of a hen: a chicken (dim. Chuck′ie): a word of endearment.—v.i. to call, as a hen. [A variety of Cluck.]

  2. Chuck

    chuk, n. a gentle blow, as under the chin: (coll.) a toss or throw; any game of pitch and toss.—v.t. to pat gently, as under the chin: to toss: to pitch.—n. Chuck′-far′thing, a game in which a farthing is chucked into a hole. [Fr. choquer, to jolt; allied to Shock.]

  3. Chuck

    chuk, n. a pebble or small stone: a game with such stones, often called Chuck′ies: an instrument for holding an object so that it can be rotated, as upon the mandrel of a lathe. [Der. uncertain; cf. It. cioco, a block, stump.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chuck

    A sea-shell. Nickname for a boatswain, "Old chucks." Also, an old word signifying large chips of wood.

Editors Contribution

  1. CHUCK

    A tool for tighten a drill or drill press

    Submitted by rinat on February 27, 2020  

  2. chuckverb

    To throw (something) carelessly and forcefully.

    I had to chuck the ball but I caused an accident!

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 3, 2022  

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  1. chuck

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHUCK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chuck is ranked #26873 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chuck surname appeared 904 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chuck.

    42.1% or 381 total occurrences were White.
    35.5% or 321 total occurrences were Asian.
    8.4% or 76 total occurrences were Black.
    7.5% or 68 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chuck' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3290

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chuck in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chuck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of chuck in a Sentence

  1. Missouri Republican:

    Chuck Grassley's been great about wearing Chuck Grassley mask and I think great about taking care of Chuck Grassley, and so I think Chuck Grassley's done everything Chuck Grassley can... everything Chuck Grassley could be expected to do to protect Chuck Grassley and the rest of us, people catch this.

  2. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    I keep trying to see Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's point of view, but I can't seem to get my head that far up my ass.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I never heard of this guy, who is he ? Who is he ? phil Bredesen's an absolute, total tool of Chuck Schumer -- of Chuck Schumer. Phil Bredesen's a tool of Chuck Schumer and of course the MS-13 lover Nancy Pelosi.

  4. Chuck Negron:

    He came to visit and told me, ‘Chuck, you have to pray and you have to ask for the acceptance of God’s will in your life’, … I fell asleep in the middle of a horrific withdrawal… But there is no sleep really because your body is just aching, it’s electric… [But] when I woke up, the obsession was gone. And I knew God had helped me. Chuck Negron performing today. (Courtesy of Chuck Negron) I believe God came and did for me what I couldn’t do for myself and relieved me from the bondage of addiction… I knew God had helped me. From that time on my faith grew stronger and stronger. It changed my life.

  5. Chuck McElwee:

    Chuck McElwee said ofSylvesters wife. The only thing that we worried about was after... Chuck McElwee was on an adrenaline high. We told Chuck McElwee wife not to let Chuck McElwee drive... until Chuck McElwee had calmed down. this could have gone way, way bad.

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