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hunky

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[ huhng-kee ]
/ ˈhʌŋ ki /
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adjective Slang.
even; leaving no balance.
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Origin of hunky

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An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; from obsolete New York City slang term hunk, used especially by boys at play for home base,home (the goal); from Dutch honk “post, station, base, home” + -y1; see also hunky-dory

Other definitions for hunky (2 of 3)

hunky2
[ huhng-kee ]
/ ˈhʌŋ ki /

adjective, hunk·i·er, hunk·i·est.
Slang. (of a male) handsome and having well-developed physique.

Origin of hunky

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First recorded in 1910–15; hunk + -y1

Other definitions for hunky (3 of 3)

hunky3

or hunk·ie

[ huhng-kee ]
/ ˈhʌŋ ki /

noun, plural hunk·ies.(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.

Origin of hunky

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First recorded in 1905–10; (bo)hunk + -y2
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