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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [chip-muhngk]
    • /ˈtʃɪp mʌŋk/
    • /ˈtʃɪp.mʌŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chip-muhngk]
    • /ˈtʃɪp mʌŋk/

Definitions of chipmunk word

  • countable noun chipmunk A chipmunk is a small animal with a large furry tail and a striped back. 4
  • noun chipmunk any burrowing sciurine rodent of the genera Tamias of E North America and Eutamias of W North America and Asia, typically having black-striped yellowish fur and cheek pouches for storing food 4
  • noun chipmunk any of two genera (Eutamias and Tamias) of small North American squirrels having striped markings on the head and back and living mainly on the ground 4
  • noun chipmunk any of several small, striped, terrestrial squirrels of the genera Tamias, of North America, and Eutamia, of Asia and North America, especially T. striatus, of eastern North America. 2
  • noun chipmunk A burrowing ground squirrel with cheek pouches and light and dark stripes running down the body, found in North America and northern Eurasia. 2
  • noun chipmunk A squirrel-like rodent of the genus Tamias, native mainly to North America. 1

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Origin of chipmunk

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35, Americanism; assimilated variant of earlier chitmunk, apparently < Ojibwa ačitamo·nʔ red squirrel, equivalent to ačit- headfirst, face-down + derivational elements; so called from the squirrel's manner of descending trees

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Parts of speech for Chipmunk


chipmunk popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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