Definition of chunky in English:



  • 1Bulky and thick.

    ‘a chunky bracelet’
    • ‘The sole need not be chunky with thick treads; a classier, trendier solution is a thin, wedge heel.’
    • ‘Whitesnake are pumping out of the speakers, and two men dressed in faded jeans and chunky leather belts stand either side of a table eyeing each other up.’
    • ‘The girl wore baggy gray fabric pants with a chunky black studded belt, then a tight black shirt with neon pink stripes.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, wingtips remain an option as long as they aren't too chunky or thick soled.’
    • ‘As he approaches, the jewellery catches the light - a gold earring, a gold chain, a chunky silver watch, chunkier silver bracelet (bearing his initials) and a silver ring.’
    • ‘The most adorable pair of black capris, a red-flowered sheer shirt (over a white spaghetti strapped shirt of course) chunky black flip flops.’
    • ‘I would like a plain, chunky, black plastic bracelet to wear this autumn.’
    • ‘Made with extra thick glass, this chunky wine goblet is a durable and versatile choice for casual entertaining.’
    • ‘She wore chunky glasses and a skirt that looked like her mother had worn it in the fifties.’
    • ‘Originally a deluxe sneaker for mad joggers, this model was made with a chunky thick heel for cushioning and was originally known as the Aztec.’
    • ‘Anna and Dani were both in red heels and really short black skirts; the skirt was a little too short for Dani and showed her chunky thighs.’
    • ‘Forget the gold charm bracelet and chunky gold necklaces, big does not have to be brash!’
    • ‘The men wore shiny suits and chunky pinky rings and reeked of pomade and cologne.’
    • ‘Her mother was wearing a wine red strapless straight gown and a chunky diamond necklace that adorned her neck.’
    • ‘A shirt with French cuffs, or a fabulous chunky bracelet worn with a clean-lined cardigan will draw your eye away.’
    • ‘The bracelet was chunky, a silver concoction of thick ropes linked together.’
    • ‘She wore tight black jeans ripped at the knees, a tight black shirt, and chunky black combat boots.’
    • ‘Get the urban-preppy look by wearing pink with work boots, loose jeans or a chunky belt.’
    • ‘Go for the thick black stockings and chunky, sky-high shoes.’
    • ‘I wear lots of chunky gold jewellery - rings on most fingers, heavy bracelets, and thick chains.’
    thick, bulky, heavy-knit, cable-knit
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) short and sturdy.
      ‘a squat, chunky man whose face was stitched by tiny red veins’
      • ‘With deft fingers, she carefully sculpted the whitish-gray mass into a semblance of a man, a fat, chunky man with sagging limbs, but a man nonetheless.’
      • ‘There'll be no shifting him now, and he's quite a chunky lad anyway.’
      • ‘I am chunky but not fat, and most of the girls are much prettier than me.’
      • ‘A short, chunky man in a gray suit walked over to the bar.’
      • ‘John, the chunky bloke, was nice about my shirt too.’
      • ‘I think he was really chunky as a kid and still has issues about it.’
      • ‘Lilo is also an unconventional Disney heroine - instead of being lanky and pretty, she's chunky and cute.’
      • ‘The guardsman - a shorter, chunky fellow - rose with ill grace and stumped over to the water pump.’
      • ‘He was a short, square, chunky man, with a round face, not handsome, but compact with energy.’
      • ‘I have a thing for chunky guys, too.’
      • ‘In the wooded area outside are a multi-coloured children's playground, a blooming greenhouse, rose beds and a sculpture of two chunky figures hugging.’
      • ‘A tall, pretty, chunky woman in her mid-twenties with slightly disheveled hair breezes into the room.’
      • ‘He is chunky, fair-skinned, animated and given to wry humor.’
      • ‘Alex had naturally blond hair that was almost white, a perfect tan, a short and round frame that made her look chunky in certain outfits, and green eyes.’
      • ‘If he had not been such a chunky lad he would have lost his kidney, or ruptured it at the very least.’
      • ‘Now, I don't mind a chunky woman, but it's an issue of proportion.’
      • ‘He was more chunky than chubby, and wore a denim jacket with denim pants.’
      • ‘She saw a short, chunky girl standing at the edge of Andy's yard.’
      • ‘At 15, I was chunky, not very attractive and none of my crushes was ever requited.’
      • ‘‘They're here to see Asher Downing,’ the officer said to the chunky nurse behind the desk.’
      stocky, sturdy, thickset, sturdily built, heavily built, well built, burly, bulky, brawny, solid, bull-necked, heavy, hefty, beefy, meaty
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  • 2(of food) containing chunks or thick pieces of something.

    ‘a chunky soup’
    • ‘Big, hearty, chunky soup with carrots, any other vegetables that are to hand, beans and spicy sausage fits the bill.’
    • ‘If you prefer a chunky soup, simply add cream cheese and sour cream to pot once asparagus is tender.’
    • ‘The sauce is chunky and has a sweetness from the lightly blackened tomato skins.’
    • ‘We're boosting our profile with a soup so chunky you won't know whether to eat it with a spoon or a fork’.’
    • ‘The wait for ribs and sliced pork yielded plates of succulent meat accompanied by chunky homemade potato salad and fried okra.’
    • ‘Add vegetables and rice or beans and you have a chunky soup that becomes a meal in a pot.’
    • ‘The main course has delights such as chicken puttanesca - chicken dices cooked with bacon, olive, tomato, and bell pepper in a chunky tomato sauce, served with steamed rice.’
    • ‘Transfer the solids into the food processor (or only part if you enjoy chunky soup like I do), and whizz into a purée.’
    • ‘It's cold and tangy, a delicious vegetarian stew of eggplant, chickpeas, and onion in a chunky tomato sauce.’
    • ‘Beat the vanilla seeds into the egg and mix into the dry goods, followed by the butter, working with a wooden spoon until a chunky dough forms.’
    • ‘I'm now eagerly waiting for the next batch to ripen, so I can start making my own sun-dried tomatoes and chunky tomato sauce.’
    • ‘It was too warm for the leek and potato soup with warm chunky bread.’
    • ‘Lunch will be a tin of chunky fruit salad.’
    • ‘Mushroom-Smothered Chicken: the chunky sauce is over the top in more ways than one.’
    • ‘If you're used to thick, chunky chips with salt and vinegar, having mayonnaise on them instead may sound ever so slightly disgusting.’
    • ‘The relish will be thick, creamy, chunky and shocking pink!’
    • ‘For 12 bucks, you can get a steak served with a fried egg on top and thick, chunky fries on the side, or an equally good shrimp and veggie brochette for $13.’
    • ‘Those cute little ears of pasta work particularly well with a chunky sauce, as they allow little pools to gather in the hollow of their delicate shape.’
    • ‘The salsa is different every single time, from scrambled tomato soup to super-spicy chunky tomato marmalade.’
    • ‘This salsa is very chunky and crammed full of tomatoes.’
    • ‘Go for sweet-tasting neck fillets and simply sauté them in olive oil with onions, garlic and some chunky carrots.’
    • ‘It requires only a large pan, a variety of vegetables, good stock and perhaps a hand-held blender, if you prefer smooth and creamy to thick and chunky.’
    • ‘‘When he's ready,’ we replied, ladling a chunky soup of potato and salmon into our bowls.’
    • ‘I love chunky seafood soup, which was also on offer for €5.50, but in the end, I chose Nimmo's warm salad with port dressing for €9.80.’