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[huhngk] /hʌŋk/
a large piece or lump; chunk.
  1. a handsome man with a well-developed physique.
  2. a large or fat person.
Origin of hunk
Dutch dialect
1805-15; < Dutch dialect hunke
1. block, gobbet, clod, wad, gob. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hunk
  • For example, the standard dry pressing method requires ceramic powder to be compacted into a solid hunk of material, a billet.
  • Step on a hunk of quartz in the dirt, and you'll think nothing of it.
  • The challenge lies in the physical makeup of fish, which is more fragile than a hunk of meat.
  • The freezer case was full of curious meats: a snowy hunk of a fin whale's throat, a slab of musk ox.
  • The famous model and ubiquitous romance novel cover hunk tried to patent his hotness in a bottle.
  • One captured pirate skiff held a hunk of shark meat so tough it had teeth marks all over it.
  • Thawing atop a piece of cardboard on her kitchen floor was a hunk of seal the size of a small suitcase.
  • On top of the ramekin she sets a skinless half chicken or a hunk of lean pork shoulder.
  • We have this idea that main courses should always be a big hunk of animal, some kind of sauce, and some vegetables riding shotgun.
  • In the end he decided that the shape and price of the hunk of metal he drove to and from work each day was his own business.
British Dictionary definitions for hunk


a large piece
(slang) Also called hunk of a man. a well-built, sexually attractive man
Word Origin
C19: probably related to Flemish hunke; compare Dutch homp lump
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Word Origin and History for hunk

1813, "large piece cut off," possibly from West Flemish hunke (used of bread and meat), which is perhaps related to Dutch homp "lump, hump." Meaning "attractive, sexually appealing man" is first attested 1945 in jive talk (in Australian slang, it is recorded from 1941).

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Slang definitions & phrases for hunk


  1. A man or woman considered primarily as a sex partner; piece, piece of ass: He came back to the hot little hunk he used to run around with (1940s+)
  2. A very attractive man, esp a muscular and sexually appealing one; stud muffin: Wherever she goes she always manages to pick up a hunk (1945+)

hunky 1


: hunky talk/ dumb hunkie brain

  1. A foreigner, esp a Hungarian, Slavic, or Baltic laborer; bohunk, ginzo (1910+)
  2. honky: 99 white workers got killed in a coal-mine disaster, man! Do you know what I mean? So I can't call everybody no Hunkie (1960s+ Black)

[fr bohunk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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