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of or like chalk.
of a chalklike consistency:
chalky soil.
without resonance, color, warmth, etc.:
several high tones that were quite chalky.
Photography. lacking in detail, due to extreme contrast:
a chalky print.

c.1400, from chalk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Chalkiness.


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