\ ˈhəŋ-kē How to pronounce hunky (audio) \
hunkier; hunkiest

Definition of hunky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being a hunk : attractive and usually well-built the film's hunky leading man


Hun·​ky | \ ˈhəŋ-kē How to pronounce Hunky (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Hunkie
plural Hunkies

Definition of Hunky (Entry 2 of 2)

dated, usually disparaging + offensive
: a person of central or east European birth or descent

Examples of hunky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Set in a similar era to Call the Midwife, Grantchester has not just a hunky lead (James Norton) as its draw, though that is certainly a major reason to tune in. Emma Specter, Vogue, "The 10 Best British Shows to Watch If You Loved Bridgerton," 24 Feb. 2021 Chunky, hunky gold links can lift those Zoom-worthy cashmere pullovers and silky blouses into the highest realm of heaven. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "From Featherlight Strands to Hulking Hoops, the Best Gold Chain Link Necklaces," 19 Feb. 2021 From classic British thespians to hunky period faves and even a Grammy-winning singer, Earwig and the Witch's english voice cast is packed with stars. Rosie Knight,, "Yep, You Definitely Know The Voices Behind Earwig and the Witch," 5 Feb. 2021 Put Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl or the Camping World Bowl and everything’s hunky-dory. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Notre Dame has won a long list of legendary bowl games in Texas, but a Rose Bowl win over Alabama might top them all," 1 Jan. 2021 In one, Tony winner Ali Stroker plays a novelist who falls in love with a hunky B&B owner. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "The Lifetime Christmas Movie Schedule 2020 Is Here, and It’s the Best Yet," 1 Dec. 2020 Olivia Dade takes that notion and spins it into romance gold in Spoiler Alert, a tale of a fan, April, and the hunky star of a popular TV series, Marcus Caster-Rupp, who unwittingly bond on a fanfic server. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: October romances bring early holiday cheer," 5 Nov. 2020 Andrew is the epitome of the best friend's hunky older brother, a girlhood crush bloomed into an intoxicating bundle of lanky, unexpected nuance. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: October romances bring early holiday cheer," 5 Nov. 2020 The show implies that the worst possible outcome for Clare, 39, is that her quest to find a hunky fiancé could be delayed. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 1 Premiere Recap: All About Dale," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hunky


1972, in the meaning defined above


circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hunky


alteration of Hungarian

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