What Does Chonk or Chonky Mean?

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  • What is a chonk?

    Also referred to as chonky, a chonk cat is an internet slang word used to refer to an overweight or obese cat and is a play on the word chunk or chunky. The term was originally coined in response to a modified body condition score chart which is an animal equivalent of the body mass index (BMI) and was posted on a Facebook group in 2018 before being widely shared on Twitter and Reddit. In fact, there is now a sub-reddit set up for chonky cats.

    Chonk was originally used to describe fat cats but is now used to describe any fat animal including dogs, penguins, seals and even a chonky black snake.

    While chonky cats may look adorable to many, obesity carries many serious health risks which can impact the quality of a cat’s life and should be taken seriously.

    Chonk is just one word in an ever-evolving dictionary of cute Internet words known as catto or doggo lingo.


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    Full catto lingo guide

    Word Meaning
    Absolute unit A large cat or dog
    Airplane/aeroplane ears When a cat flattens and angles its ears and
    they look like the wings of a plane
    Angery Angry cat
    Attacc When a cat attacks
    Baked beans When a cat extends its paws towards a heat source
    Bamboozle Do a confuse
    Beans Toes
    Bean sprouts The tufts of fur between a cat’s toes
    Big steppy Stretch with only one peet forward
    Bikkies Cat biscuits/snacks
    Birb Bird
    Blep When a cat leaves a small portion of its tongue sticking out
    Boi A cat, not necessarily a boy
    Bonk Lovingly head-butt one’s hooman
    Boop A little tap on a cat or dog’s nose with your finger
    Botthørlë Cat butt
    Bouffées de trouble Testicles
    Cattitude A cat with an attitude
    Cat tax A requirement to post a photo of a cat
    Catto Cat
    Chimken Chicken or a naked catto (ie; Sphynx)
    Chonk A chunky cat
    Chonk in training Cat or kitten who is not quite chonky yet but has chonk potential
    Chonklet Chonky kitten
    Chooch To do something well
    Choocher A cat who chooches
    Chumby Rather plump
    Chungus An epic chonky cat
    Cloud A white cat
    Cow A white cat with black markings
    Cromch Eat by crunching wif one’s teefs
    Cromchies Dry cat biscuits
    Danger dangles Testicles
    Danger floof An exposed belly you want to pet but will likely encounter murder mittens
    Danger noodle Snake
    Donk Chunky dog
    Doggo Dog
    Ear beards Fur tufts inside a cat’s ears
    Ear furnishings Fur tufts inside a cat’s ears
    Ekekekekekekek The chirping sound a cat makes while watching a bird
    Famcy Fancy
    Flonk A fluffy cat or kitten
    Floof Fluffy cat or dog
    Foob Food
    Forbidden cats Raccoons, possums, otters, red pandas etc.
    Frien Friend
    Gib Give
    Gorl Female cat
    Gremlin A grompy hairless cat
    Grompy A grumpy or ill-tempered cat
    Hamb A cat
    Hambina A female cat
    Hamblet A kitten
    Heckin Used to emphasise an action (ie; ‘heckin zoomies’)
    Henlo Hello
    Himb Male cat
    Hooman Human
    House panther Black cat
    If I fits, I sits Cat logic for determining if it can fit into an object (usually a box)
    Kitty glitter Cat fur on clothing and furniture
    Land orca Chonky tuxedo cat
    Loaf When a cat sits with all paws tucked under the body, resembling a loaf of bread
    Long boi When a cat stretches
    Marshmallow A white or cream cat
    Merp A sudden vocalisation expressing surprise or
    Mlem The sound of the tongue as it moves in and out of the mouth
    Monch Eat with enthusiam
    Murder mittens Paws with the claws out
    Nakey Hairless cat (ie: Sphynx)
    Nip nops Nipples
    Nope rope Snake
    Norty Naughty cat
    Oh Lawd A phrase used to describe the approach of an
    absolute unit
    Pantaloons The fluff on the back of a cat’s legs (also known as britches)
    Patto To pet a catto
    Peets Cat or dog feet
    Pirate A cat with one eye
    Plop Suddenly flop into a laying position
    Pointy When a cat’s claws are extended
    Pooch Droopy underbelly (primordial pouch)
    Poopaloop Butthole
    Poopie zoomies When a cat races at full speed away from the
    litterbox after dropping a poop
    Poot Fart or singular peet
    Potate Chonky cat in the loaf position
    Pragonate Pregnant cat (also referred to as pregananant,
    perfenat, peegnate, pergert, gregnant, pragnart, pragnent, pegrant, pregonate)
    Purralyzed When a cat is lying on you and you can’t move
    Purrito A kitten or cat wrapped in a blanket and
    Razzle dazzle To sit with one leg pointing skyward
    Salami A snack for hambs
    Schmoo A well-loved cat
    Screm Meow in dismay
    Secret slonk A cat that appears to be chonky but is just
    Shrimpin To lay curled up in a shrimp shape
    Sing the song of my people Meow repeatedly for no reason
    Sky raisin Fly
    Slonk Long, slender cat
    Slow blink Sign of affection or contentment a cat shows
    to his or humans
    Smol Small
    Snacc Treats or snacks
    Snek Snake
    Snoot A cat’s nose
    Snoozle A nap
    Snout sprouts Whiskers
    Socks White markings on a cat’s feet and legs
    Spicy sky raisin Bee or wasp
    Sploot Lay on the stomach with the legs splayed out behind
    Spoopy Heckin scary
    Steppers A cat’s feet
    Stink face Open-mouthed expression when a cat smells
    something (Flehmen response)
    Stompies Walking all over a human
    S t r e t c h u m s A cat stretch
    Teef Teeth
    Thicc Fat cat
    Toasted marshmallow A white floof with darker colouration on the ears, paws and tail (a pointed cat such as Siamese or Birman)
    Toe beans Cat or dog toes
    Tortie A tortoiseshell cat
    Tortietude A tortie cat with attitude
    Triangle tail Wobbly stage of kittehood during which the tail is triangle shaped
    Tripod cat A cat with three legs
    Troublepuffs Male testicles
    Tummy trap An exposed belly you want to pet but will likely encounter murder mittens
    Void A black cat
    Wonky A special needs cat
    Woofers Dogs
    Zoomies When a cat races around at full speed (usually in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep)

    Feature image: Photo by Christine Knappe on Unsplash


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