: a large lump, piece, or portion
a hunk of bread
: an attractive and usually well-built man

Examples of hunk in a Sentence

a steak cut into meaty hunks That actor is such a hunk!
Recent Examples on the Web The giant beef rib (picture it: a hunk of greasy meat on a foot-long bone) is fun for the spectacle. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 But being a hip-hop hunk is still, at the core, about range, duality, and skillset. Clover Hope, Pitchfork, 6 Sep. 2023 Through the hunks of metal, Gilbert spotted a familiar sight. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 But roadways full of four-ton hunks of metal moving at sports-car speeds are also less safe. Tom Randall, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Aug. 2023 Paved paths loop around the top half of the curving hunk of land. Madeline Bilis, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 Inside the facility, a rotary forge turns red-hot preform hunks of steel and alloy, using mechanical hammers to draw out precise shapes and contours. Hope Hodge Seck, Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug. 2023 The only person who doesn’t jump on the welcome wagon is local hunk—and Petey’s inevitable love interest—Bandit (John Cho), who hates what her father did to his town. Judy Berman, Time, 21 July 2023 The open kitchen will have a large hearth on display, with hooks and grates holding hunks of meat cooking over open flame. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Dutch dialect hunke

First Known Use

circa 1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hunk was circa 1813

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“Hunk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunk. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a large lump or piece
: a male who is physically very attractive

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