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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
First recorded in 1805-15, hunk is from the Dutch dialect word hunke
1. block, gobbet, clod, wad, gob. Unabridged
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  • Just as I said, it was all hunk till I struck the rocks, and I've been up in the air ever since.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • A hunk of solid, non-magnetic metal about the size of an office desk.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • I have been playing encyclopedia for that hunk of animated machinery for an hour.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But hunk was one of the old crowd that didn't need much dodgin'.

  • That is, it seemed like business to him; for, in his special way, hunk had been comin' along.

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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