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bohunk

[boh-huhngk]
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noun Slang.
  1. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an unskilled or semiskilled foreign-born laborer, especially from east central or southeastern Europe.Compare hunky2.
  2. a rough, stupid person.

Origin of bohunk

1900–05, Americanism; Bo(hemian) + Hung(arian), with devoicing of the g

Usage note

This term originally referred to Hungarian immigrants, and later to Czechs, Poles, and other Slavs.
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Examples from the Web for bohunk

Historical Examples

  • This one is for that Bohunk thats down there under the rocks.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen


British Dictionary definitions for bohunk

bohunk

noun
  1. US and Canadian offensive, slang a labourer from east or central Europe

Word Origin

C20: blend of Bo (hemian) + Hung (arian), with alteration of g to k
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Word Origin and History for bohunk

Bohunk

n.

1903, U.S. derogatory slang for "lower class immigrant from Central or Eastern Europe," probably from Bohemian + a distortion of Hungarian.

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