[ huhngks ]

noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a crabbed, disagreeable person.

  2. a covetous, stingy person; miser.

Origin of hunks

1595–1605; origin uncertain; cf. -s4

Words Nearby hunks Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hunks in a sentence

  • Out come their suppers: a whole roast fowl, hunks of kid, legs of lamb, huge breads.

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • I have a wife whom I married for love--her father is a wealthy hunks, but he discarded her for marrying me.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • It was dreadful to see the anxiety with which they watched the portioning of the thick heavy hunks of black bread.

    The Dark Forest | Hugh Walpole
  • He had a taffler, or assistant, in the person of a half-grown boy, at whom he jerked rough orders like hunks of stove wood.

  • We sat around on the grass, and got hunks of it on our tin plates.

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry

British Dictionary definitions for hunks


/ (hʌŋks) /

noun(functioning as singular) rare
  1. a crotchety old person

  2. a miserly person

Origin of hunks

C17: of unknown origin

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