from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short, ankle-length boot having two or three pairs of eyelets.
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- n. A chukker
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- n. (polo) one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
- n. a shoe that comes up to the ankle and is laced through two or three pairs of eyelets; often made of suede
A chukka is a seven-and-a-half-minute period of play, which is generally agreed to be about the right amount of time for a pony to be galloping around - although real pros often change pony several times within a chukka, leaping nimbly from saddle to saddle without touching the ground.
* For the uninitiated, a chukka is a period of play in polo, lasting just seven minutes so the ponies don't get too tired.
Since World War II, the men's chukka boot has struck the perfect balance between business and casual .
"For us, the height is really what dictates whether it's a chukka or not," said the brand's vice president of manufacturing, Kevin Shorey.
In 1949, when British veteran Nathan Clark, of Clarks shoes, started selling suede, crepe-soled boots based on the ones his fellow officers had been custom-ordering in Cairo's Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, the modern chukka was born.
Like its cousin, the desert boot, the chukka has gotten a boost lately from other trends.
"We bought lime green chukka boots from Heschung," a French brand.
Harry had just played a chukka in the second half of the charity match at Coworth Park in Berkshire when he realised that his ten-year old pony, Drizzle, was struggling.
Bhaiya, meanwhile, sent self-pitying letters from near Delhi where he was undergoing military training of his own trials in a world that he found ‘frightfully Poona: chukka, pukka, whisky soda and tiffin: still, I exist.’
When casual in khakis, he wears chukka boots, which are ankle-height and often made of suede.