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[huhngks] /hʌŋks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a crabbed, disagreeable person.
a covetous, stingy person; miser.
Origin of hunks
1595-1605; origin uncertain; cf. -s4


[huhngk] /hʌŋk/
a large piece or lump; chunk.
  1. a handsome man with a well-developed physique.
  2. a large or fat person.
1805-15; < Dutch dialect hunke
1. block, gobbet, clod, wad, gob. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hunks
  • Water works into these seams, expands as ice, and snaps loose hunks of rock.
  • Galaxy's offerings come shredded, grated, in slices and in hunks.
  • These biscotti are crumbly delivery systems for chewy apricot bits, hunks of dark chocolate, and crunchy almonds.
  • Over the years large hunks of its blowzy decoration have been removed, leaving it more curiosity than contretemps.
  • They battered the shutters of shops, broke in and seized whatever they could, from hunks of meat to gas canisters and clothing.
  • The giant hunks of ice are removed from storage and stacked on top of one another.
  • The company is creating beer-tap handles with hunks of amber embedded in the tip.
  • Instead of moving stuff around in large hunks on trucks and trains, they move it around in tiny little hunks on bicycles.
  • They looked at the hunks of purple of my plate and wrinkled their noses.
  • Scores of bikini-clad babes and bare-chested hunks downing drinks by the pool.
British Dictionary definitions for hunks


noun (functioning as sing) (rare)
a crotchety old person
a miserly person
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin


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 hunks



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hunks

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]


  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+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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