The Brief: Chonk, chonky, and chonker are terms for chubby cats that became popular online in summer 2018.
Similar to other silly terms used to describe cute animals (like doggo), chonk is a made-up word to classify fat cats. It is not typically used as an insult, but rather as a term of endearment.
oh lawd he comin pic.twitter.com/jqJBZY9hlS
— 𝕭𝖚𝖈𝕶𝖋𝖆𝖘𝖙 𝕾𝖔𝖈𝖎𝖆𝖑𝖎𝖘𝖙 (@dgahk) October 4, 2018
Internet users have also applied the term to other animals:
— Julie Blommaert 👩🏼🔬 (@Julie_B92) October 10, 2018
In the bear world, it’s survival of the fattest. In this round of #FatBearWeek it’s 856, the area’s most dominant bear, vs 32 Chunk.
Does dominance deliver for 856? Or is 32 Chunk a total chonk? Which titan of the tundra is the absolute unit?
— Katmai National Park (@KatmaiNPS) October 6, 2018