hunky-dory

[ huhng-kee-dawr-ee, -dohr-ee ]
/ ˈhʌŋ kiˈdɔr i, -ˈdoʊr i /

adjective Slang.

about as well as one could wish or expect; satisfactory; fine; OK.

Nearby words

  1. hunker,
  2. hunkers,
  3. hunkpapa,
  4. hunks,
  5. hunky,
  6. hunner's ulcer,
  7. hunnish,
  8. huns,
  9. hunt,
  10. hunt and peck

Origin of hunky-dory

1865–70; hunky1 + dory < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for hunky-dory

hunky-dory

/ (ˌhʌŋkɪˈdɔːrɪ) /

adjective

informal very satisfactory; fine

Word Origin for hunky-dory

C20: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for hunky-dory

hunky-dory

adj.

1866, American English (popularized c.1870 by a Christy Minstrel song), perhaps a reduplication of hunkey "all right, satisfactory" (1861), from hunk "in a safe position" (1847) New York City slang, from Dutch honk "goal, home," from Middle Dutch honc "place of refuge, hiding place." A theory from 1876, however, traces it to Honcho dori, said to be a street in Yokohama, Japan, where sailors went for diversions of the sort sailors enjoy.

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