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




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

Synonyms for hunk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for hunks

wedge, slice, morsel, lump, gob, slab, clod, loaf, nugget, glob, wad, batch, bulk, portion, mass, bunch, pile, bit, piece, block

Examples from the Web for hunks

Contemporary Examples of hunks

Historical Examples of hunks

  • They ate with a will, and the hunks of bread swiftly disappeared.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • And unhappily, too many of the bits that fit together were hunks that I did not like.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • It had to be stretched a long time and then greased with hunks of fat.

    Captives of the Flame

    Samuel R. Delany

  • However, we ate the hunks of hot, dry meat with bread, and were glad to get them.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

  • She'd throw him hunks o' bread, chunks o' cold meat, and so on.

British Dictionary definitions for hunks


noun (functioning as singular) rare

a crotchety old person
a miserly person

Word Origin for hunks

C17: of unknown origin



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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