\ˈhəŋk \

Definition of hunk 

1 : a large lump, piece, or portion a hunk of bread

2 : an attractive and usually well-built man

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Examples of hunk in a Sentence

a steak cut into meaty hunks That actor is such a hunk!

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Choc of Shame has chocolate ice cream and hunks of brownies and chocolate shavings ($5.99 a pint). Ann Trieger Kurland,, "‘Life’s short. Eat freaking ice cream.’," 4 June 2018 Television images showed the fortified walls of the kindergarten pockmarked with shrapnel and hunks of metal from the mortar shell jutting out of the sand in the playground. New York Times, "Gaza Militants Barrage Israel With Mortars and Rockets," 29 May 2018 Steak and barbecue So many steaks sizzle on grills and hunks of meat cook low and slow in smokers all race weekend at camps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The most iconic foods of the Indy 500," 21 May 2018 In the film, a costume drama spectacular, the bloodthirsty Muslim king, a sort of maniacal Indian Wolverine, snarls, swaggers and tears hunks of meat off bones. Sandip Roy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Both raves and rage over new Bollywood film that offends Rajputs," 5 Feb. 2018 Last season, the pool slide and athletic sock pairing made waves around Men’s Fashion Week and among hunks like Justin Bieber and David Beckham. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Commits a Fashion Faux Pas—in the Chicest Way Possible," 28 June 2018 In June, part of the ceiling collapsed in the Borough Hall station, in Brooklyn, showering hundreds of pounds of masonry and tile onto the platform in jagged hunks. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 In Carballo’s hands, hunks of foam and resin that were never alive shine with the brilliance of what Sparks has found, for everyone to see. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 The wall looked like a hunk of moon face topped with sprinkles. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Jaina Lee Ortiz, Star of ‘Station 19,’ Tries Her Own Stunts," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hunk

circa 1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hunk

Dutch dialect hunke

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Dictionary Entries near hunk

hung up





hunker down


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English Language Learners Definition of hunk

: a large lump or piece of something

: an attractive man


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Kids Definition of hunk

: a large lump or piece

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