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[huhng-kee-dawr-ee, -dohr-ee] /ˈhʌŋ kiˈdɔr i, -ˈdoʊr i/
adjective, Slang.
about as well as one could wish or expect; satisfactory; fine; OK.
1865-70; hunky1 + dory < ? Unabridged
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  • Things may not exactly be hunky-dory, but some of the innovations at bottom of the pyramid are certainly working.
  • It seems to be a brilliantly calculated move and look hunky-dory.
  • The newly hatched sibling seemed to think his older brother was hunky-dory, and they got on famously.
  • We haven't told you that everything is all fine and hunky-dory.
British Dictionary definitions for hunky-dory


(informal) very satisfactory; fine
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hunky-dory

1866, American English (popularized c.1870 by a Christy Minstrel song), perhaps a reduplication of hunkey "all right, satisfactory" (1861), from hunk "in a safe position" (1847) New York City slang, from Dutch honk "goal, home," from Middle Dutch honc "place of refuge, hiding place." A theory from 1876, however, traces it to Honcho dori, said to be a street in Yokohama, Japan, where sailors went for diversions of the sort sailors enjoy.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hunky-dory



Satisfactory; fine; copacetic: That may be hunky-dory with the jumping and jiving youngsters

[1866+; origin uncertain; hunky was a generalized term of approval by 1861; as to dory, according to one proposal of 1876 it was brought back by sailors from Yokohama, Japan, where Honcho dori is a street where they found their diversions; the term was popularized by a Christy Minstrels song of about 1870]

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