[ huhngks ]
/ hʌŋks /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a crabbed, disagreeable person.
a covetous, stingy person; miser.

Origin of hunks

1595–1605; origin uncertain; cf. -s4

Definition for hunks (2 of 2)


[ 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

First recorded in 1805–15, hunk is from the Dutch dialect word hunke
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British Dictionary definitions for hunks (1 of 2)


/ (hʌŋks) /

noun (functioning as singular) rare

a crotchety old person
a miserly person

Word Origin for hunks

C17: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for hunks (2 of 2)


/ (hʌŋk) /


a large piece
Also called: hunk of a man slang a well-built, sexually attractive man

Word Origin for hunk

C19: probably related to Flemish hunke; compare Dutch homp lump
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Word Origin and History for hunks



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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