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[huhng-kee] /ˈhʌŋ ki/
adjective, Slang.
satisfactory; well; right.
even; leaving no balance.
Origin of hunky1
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; origin uncertain


or hunkie

[huhng-kee] /ˈhʌŋ ki/
noun, plural hunkies. (sometimes initial capital letter) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Hungarian or Slavic descent, especially an unskilled or semiskilled worker.
1895-1900; perhaps Hung(arian) (with devoicing of -g-, influenced by hunk) + -y2; cf. bohunk


[huhng-kee] /ˈhʌŋ ki/
adjective, hunkier, hunkiest.
Slang. (of a male) having a handsome, well-developed physique.
First recorded in 1910-15; hunk + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Before he could think how he should act, a response came to the call from hunky Ben.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • Why, hunky Ben, it far surpasses my expectations and all you have said about it.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • I have money lying at hunky's more than double enough for the bills.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • “That has been provided for,” said our hero, turning to hunky Ben.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • When the soldiers were safely away hunky Ben returned to the cave and brought Leather down.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
Slang definitions & phrases for hunky

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]

hunky 2


Attractive, esp sexually desirable; macho: hunky, bearded actor-troubadour/ the hunky blond who cranks the ferry

[1978+; the related sense, ''thick-set, solidly built,'' is found by 1911]

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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