different between chunk vs chank




Variant of chuck; or alternatively a diminutive of chump (chunk; block) +? *-k (diminutive suffix) (compare hunk from hump, etc.).


  • IPA(key): /t????k/
  • Rhymes: -??k


chunk (plural chunks)

  1. A part of something that has been separated.
    The statue broke into chunks.
  2. A representative portion of a substance, often large and irregular.
    a chunk of granite
  3. (linguistics, education) A sequence of two or more words that occur in language with high frequency but are not idiomatic; a bundle or cluster.
    examples of chunks would include "in accordance with", "the results of", and "so far"
  4. (computing) A discrete segment of a file, stream, etc. (especially one that represents audiovisual media); a block.
    • 1994, Paul J Perry, Multimedia developer's guide
      The first DWORD of a chunk data in the RIFF chunk is a four character code value identifying the form type of the file.
  5. (comedy) A segment of a comedian's performance.


See also

  • piece
  • bit
  • lump
  • chuck
  • hunk

Further reading

  • chunk in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • chunk in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


chunk (third-person singular simple present chunks, present participle chunking, simple past and past participle chunked)

  1. (transitive) To break into large pieces or chunks.
  2. (transitive) To break down (language, etc.) into conceptual pieces of manageable size.
  3. (transitive, slang, chiefly Southern US) To throw.

Derived terms

  • dechunk
  • microchunk
  • rechunk

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  • Rhymes: -æ?k


chank (plural chanks)

  1. (East India) The large spiral shell of several species of sea conch, much used in making bangles, especially Turbinella pyrum.


chank (third-person singular simple present chanks, present participle chanking, simple past and past participle chanked)

  1. (US) To eat noisily; to champ or chomp

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