[huhng-kee-dawr-ee, -dohr-ee]

adjective Slang.

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

Origin of hunky-dory

1865–70; hunky1 + dory < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hunky-dory

Contemporary Examples of hunky-dory

Historical Examples of hunky-dory

  • We kin fix that all hunky-dory, an' Johnson, he won't neveh know.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Said to go to bed and get a good sleep and I'd be all hunky-dory in the morning.

    The Night-Born

    Jack London

  • But you seem to be feeling all hunky-dory again, and why don't you come join us in the Good Citizens' League, old man?


    Sinclair Lewis

  • Without leaving the boat, fishing arm-deep into the brush, he announced, "All hunky-dory."

  • You're all right, and the spot is hunky-dory, and it's the durned old boat hez made the mistake, begosh!

British Dictionary definitions for hunky-dory



informal very satisfactory; fine

Word Origin for hunky-dory

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for hunky-dory

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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