noun, plural in form but singular in construction
\ ˈhəŋ(k)s How to pronounce hunks (audio) \

Definition of hunks

: a surly ill-natured person especially : miser

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Examples of hunks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Obelix is a professional mover of menhirs, meaning big hunks of stone of the kind that comprise Stonehenge, also known as obelisks. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Asterix Comes to America," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of hunks

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hunks

origin unknown

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The first known use of hunks was in 1602

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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hunks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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