Definition of chalky in English:


adjectivechalkiest, chalkier

  • 1Consisting of or rich in chalk.

    ‘chalky soil’
    • ‘The soils of Champagne are chalky and full of minerals and the climate is on the cool side for making fine table wines.’
    • ‘The land is chalky too, which makes those grapes bubble like nobody's business.’
    • ‘Other teachers preferred to throw the board rubber which if you were lucky got you with the cloth soft covered side rather than the wooden bit, but if you were hit you carried the chalky mark around with you all day on your blazer.’
    • ‘The region's benign climate, chalky terrain and spectacular summer light is a wine-maker's dream.’
    • ‘His hands are usually full of paint or charcoal or whatever those chalky crayons are called.’
    • ‘The interior of the tunnel is mostly bricked, with a few recently-repaired patches, and tiny lengths of chalky deposit hang down like trainee stalactites.’
    • ‘You can buy limestone for about £25 per square metre, but anything below £45 per square metre is likely to be chalky and soft and will scratch, chip or mark.’
    • ‘Anyone who has fallen in love and crash-landed can lay claim to one of those chalky outlines.’
    • ‘No longer, do the grey legions of workers spend their precious leisure time walking the chalky downs, or being Mr Polly and bicycling the byways for refreshing half-pints of scrumpy.’
    • ‘They will grow in most soils but dislike thin chalky soil or wet clay and do best in a sheltered site where winter sun will light up the beautiful foliage.’
    • ‘This smells of chalky blackboard rubbers and evaporated milk.’
    • ‘I came off from Alfriston at about eight o'clock, walking up a chalky lane to the very top of the Downs.’
    • ‘Mountains and chalky crags abut the broad, deep-green swale of larch forests and hay-meadows of the Ampezzo Valley, just an hour's drive east of Canazei.’
    • ‘The water at the Croydon end of the stream is chalky which makes it cleaner.’
    • ‘Normally this looks better at a distance but here the nag is seen from its most unflattering angle, a chalky blob, the equine equivalent of ‘does my bum look bigger in white?’’
    • ‘It also had ‘splendid views across chalky downland to Savernake Forest several miles away’.’
    • ‘Its Victorian heritage is in evidence in the grand frontages that line the sea front and perch on the chalky cliffs.’
    • ‘Waste products were dumped and over the years a chalky layer has been produced.’
    • ‘So, the team has constructed a dew pond, an artificial reservoir traditionally favoured by farmers of chalky landscapes such as those in which the wood is situated.’
    • ‘The baby swallows a small amount of a chalky liquid, and then special X-rays are taken to view the pyloric region of the stomach to see if there is any narrowing or obstruction.’
  • 2Resembling chalk in texture or paleness of colour.

    ‘walls of chalky green’
    • ‘These are best deployed as fun colours with a slightly chalky texture so that they appear positive, but not eye-popping.’
    • ‘But ask him to sit through some hotel cabarets and his hair will rise to the perpendicular and his face will turn a chalky shade of green.’
    • ‘The simplicity and strength of design of his compositions reflect his lasting admiration for Cézanne, but their cool, chalky colours are distinctive.’
    • ‘The main point of concern beyond suspension is to ensure that no floury or chalky mouthfeel is induced in the final product.’
    • ‘So that the oesophagus shows up on the X-ray, you have to drink a white, chalky liquid called a barium meal beforehand.’
    • ‘This house was chalky white and resembled a mausoleum.’
    • ‘This bird is none other than the common barn owl, a bird no bigger than a crow, with an unmistakable heart-shaped, chalky white, phantom-of-the-opera mask.’
    • ‘His version is a light assembly of intensely sweet, sun-blush tomatoes, chalky goat's cheese and fabulous olives, just suspended in short, buttery pastry of admirable crumbliness.’
    • ‘The ground was extremely slippery and chalky (actually, it was chalk), so we decided against climbing down into the crater.’
    • ‘The views were to a hazy mid-distance, over fields of green, chalky white and jazzy yellow - a spectacle of colour.’
    • ‘Buttery aromas with delicate wood-spice and distant scents of lemon, honey and nut all come together in a fresh lemon backed butter and bitter almond mouthful before a mild and drying chalky finish.’
    • ‘Finding a meal supplement that could deliver results with mouthwatering taste had yet to become an option, so you were left to suffer through chalky powders in hopes of building some muscle.’
    • ‘If the surface is chalky, crumbly or sandy after cleaning, a masonry surface conditioner may help consolidate the stucco.’
    • ‘It is quite soft, chalky in texture, and consequently does not hold a slip well at all.’
    • ‘The small, fleshy swellings appear on the leaves, buds and flowers and, though they are often red, will eventually turn chalky white from a ‘bloom’ of fungal spores.’
    • ‘Why so often this particular shade of pale, chalky green, I wonder?’
    • ‘Leafy green ones surround us, their trunks covered with a chalky white bark that has fallen away in sections to show sturdy crisp brown beneath.’
    • ‘The flesh is firm, chalky white and incredibly thick for such a small fish.’
    • ‘They also worked on my physical body in ways that would have caused unbelievable pain in the real world, opening my entire abdominal cavity and coating the insides with a white, chalky substance.’
    • ‘Textures were subtle, colours chalky and lines clean.’
    pale, bloodless, pallid, colourless, wan, ashen, white
    powdery, floury, mealy, dusty, gritty, crumbly, friable, granulated, granular, ground, crushed, pulverized
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