see also: Chalk
  • (RP) IPA: /t͡ʃɔːk/
  • (GA) enPR: chôk, IPA: /t͡ʃɔk/
  • (cot-caught, northern cities vowel shift) IPA: /t͡ʃɑk/


  1. (uncountable) A soft, white, powdery limestone.
  2. (countable) A piece of chalk, or nowadays processed compressed gypsum, that is used for drawing and for writing on a blackboard.
  3. Tailor's chalk.
  4. (uncountable, climbing) A white powdery substance used to prevent hands slipping from holds when climbing, sometimes but not always limestone-chalk.
  5. (US, military, countable) A platoon-sized group of airborne soldiers.
  6. (US, sports, chiefly, basketball, horseracing) The favorite in a sporting event.
  7. (US, sports, chiefly, basketball) The prediction that there will be no upsets, and the favored competitor will win.
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chalk (chalks, present participle chalking; past and past participle chalked)

  1. To apply chalk to anything, such as the tip of a billiard cue.
  2. To record something, as on a blackboard, using chalk.
  3. To use powdered chalk to mark the lines on a playing field.
  4. (figuratively) To record a score or event, as if on a chalkboard.
  5. To manure (land) with chalk.
  6. To make white, as if with chalk; to make pale; to bleach.
    • Let a bleak paleness chalk the door.
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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