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Hanks

[hangks] /hæŋks/
noun
1.
Tom, born 1956, U.S. film actor.

hank

[hangk] /hæŋk/
noun
1.
a skein, as of thread or yarn.
2.
a definite length of thread or yarn:
A hank of cotton yarn measures 840 yards.
3.
a coil, knot, or loop:
a hank of hair.
4.
Nautical. a ring, link, or shackle for securing the luff of a staysail or jib to its stay or the luff or head of a gaff sail to the mast or gaff.
verb (used with object)
5.
Nautical. to fasten (a sail) by means of hanks.
Origin of hank
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old Norse hǫnk hank, coil, skein, clasp; akin to hang
Related forms
unhanked, adjective

Hank

[hangk] /hæŋk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Henry.
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  • He did the heavy work that really belonged to Hanks, so that Carl might escape it.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • "That's your work," said Hanks, cooling down at Fred's determined tone and manner.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • Fred was in the drying room at the time, and Hanks was up after a roll of cloth.

    Under Fire Frank A. Munsey
  • “There seems to be two brace of them,” said Hanks, laughing.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • While he was seated at table, Hanks, who had gone on deck to see the medico off, returned.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Hanks

Hanks

/hæŋks/
noun
1.
Tom. born 1956, US film actor: his films include Splash (1984), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and The Terminal (2004)

hank

/hæŋk/
noun
1.
a loop, coil, or skein, as of rope, wool, or yarn
2.
(nautical) a ringlike fitting that can be opened to admit a stay for attaching the luff of a sail
3.
a unit of measurement of cloth, yarn, etc, such as a length of 840 yards (767 m) of cotton or 560 yards (512 m) of worsted yarn
verb
4.
(transitive) (nautical) to attach (a sail) to a stay by hanks
Word Origin
C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse hanka to coil, Swedish hank string
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Word Origin and History for Hanks

hank

n.

late 13c., probably from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse honk, hank "clasp, hank," related to hang (v.).

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