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.

The “Chonk Chart” is a popular meme that was originally posted to the Facebook group “THIS CAT IS C H O N K Y” by Emilie Chiang:

Facebook/Emilie Chiang

This chonk just jumped into a box and slep from r/Catloaf

Internet users have also applied the term to other animals: