• Unknown and debated origin . Possibly a shortening of Chunder Loo, rhyming slang for spew (said to be derived from the cartoon character “Chunder Loo of Akim Foo”, drawn by Norman Lindsay for a series of boot-polish advertisements in the early 1900s), but the rhyming slang usage is not recorded. The derivation from some supposed nautical phrase "*Watch under!", used to warn people on lower decks that someone above was vomiting over the side of the ship, is wholly unsubstantiated and likely folk etymology. Also possibly from some dialectal pronunciation of thunder.
  • Perhaps by confusion with chunter.

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