plural in form but singular in construction
: a surly ill-natured person
especially : miser

Examples of hunks in a Sentence

a horrible old hunks who refused to lend money to his destitute brother
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hunks was in 1602

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“Hunks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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