adjective, chalk·i·er, chalk·i·est.

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

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

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