from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin.
  • transitive v. To throw or toss: chucked stones into the water.
  • transitive v. Informal To throw out; discard: chucked my old sweater.
  • transitive v. Informal To force out; eject: chucking out the troublemakers.
  • transitive v. Informal To give up; quit: chucked her job.
  • n. An affectionate pat or squeeze under the chin.
  • n. A throw, toss, or pitch.
  • n. A cut of beef extending from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade.
  • n. A clamp that holds a tool or the material being worked in a machine such as a lathe.
  • n. A clamping device for holding a drill bit.
  • n. Informal Food.
  • intransitive v. To make a clucking sound.
  • n. A clucking sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Meat from the shoulder of a cow or other animal.
  • n. A mechanical device that holds an object firmly in place, for example holding a drill bit in a high-speed rotating drill or grinder.
  • n. A chicken, a hen.
  • n. A clucking sound.
  • n. A friend or close acquaintance.
  • n. A gentle touch or tap.
  • n. A casual throw.
  • n. An act of vomiting.
  • n. A throw, an incorrect bowling action.
  • v. To make a clucking sound.
  • v. To touch or tap gently.
  • v. To throw, especially in a careless or inaccurate manner.
  • v. To discard, to throw away.
  • v. To vomit.
  • v. To throw; to bowl with an incorrect action.
  • v. To leave; to depart; to bounce.
  • n. Abbreviation of woodchuck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chuck or call of a hen.
  • n. A sudden, small noise.
  • n. A word of endearment; -- corrupted from chick.
  • n. A slight blow or pat under the chin.
  • n. A short throw; a toss.
  • n. A contrivance or machine fixed to the mandrel of a lathe, for holding a tool or the material to be operated upon.
  • n. A small pebble; -- called also chuckstone and chuckiestone.
  • n. A game played with chucks, in which one or more are tossed up and caught; jackstones.
  • n. A piece of the backbone of an animal, from between the neck and the collar bone, with the adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
  • intransitive v. To make a noise resembling that of a hen when she calls her chickens; to cluck.
  • intransitive v. To chuckle; to laugh.
  • transitive v. To call, as a hen her chickens.
  • transitive v. To strike gently; to give a gentle blow to.
  • transitive v. To toss or throw smartly out of the hand; to pitch.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a low guttural sound, as hens and cocks and some other birds in calling their mates or young; cluck.
  • To laugh with quiet satisfaction; chuckle.
  • To call with chucking or clucking, as a hen her chicks.
  • An utterance, generally repeated, used by a person to call chickens, pigs, or other animals, as when they are to be fed.
  • To pat playfully; give a gentle or familiar blow to.
  • To throw or impel, with a quick motion, a short distance; pitch: as, chuck the beggar a copper; he was chucked into the street.
  • To fix in a lathe by means of a chuck.
  • In lawn-bowls, to strike (a counting ball) out of range, or to strike (a ball of one's own side) into a counting position.
  • With full force; so as to hit; closely.
  • n. A low guttural sound, like the call of a hen to her young.
  • n. A hen.
  • n. A term of endearment.
  • n. A gentle or playful blow or tap, as under the chin.
  • n. A toss, as with the fingers: a short throw.
  • n. A block; “a great chip,”
  • n. A sea-shell.
  • n. A pebble or small stone.
  • n. plural In Scotland, a common game among children, in which five pebbles (or sometimes small shells) are thrown up and caught on the back of the hand, or one is thrown up, and before it is caught as it falls the others are picked up, or placed in ones, twos, threes, or fours. Sometimes called chuckies. See jackstone.
  • n. In turnery, a block or other appendage to a lathe to fix the work for the purpose of turning it into any desired form.
  • n. A local British name of the chack. See chack.
  • n. A dialectal form of cheek.
  • n. A woodchuck.
  • n. In cricket, a ball thrown instead of bowled.
  • n. The part of a beef-animal that lies between the neck and the shoulder-blade: used as a roast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill
  • n. informal terms for a meal
  • v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • v. throw away
  • v. pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
  • v. throw carelessly
  • n. the part of a forequarter from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade


Variant of chock, possibly from French choc, knock, blow; see shock1.
Dialectal chuck, lump, perhaps variant of chock.
Middle English chukken, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of chock. (Wiktionary)
Onomatopoeic dialect term for chicken, imitative of a hen's cluck. (Wiktionary)
From woodchuck. (Wiktionary)



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