\ˈhəŋ-kē \
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 \
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

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There’s the winsome barista, Tara (Vanessa Hudgens), caught in a love triangle with a hunky vet, Dr. Mike (Michael Cassidy), and an altruistic but nerdy dog-rescue-center owner, Garrett (Jon Bass). Katie Walsh, The Seattle Times, "Pups lift the doldrums of ‘Dog Days’," 7 Aug. 2018 This time, it’s Dillon Frank (Kevin McGarry), a hunky music insider… who happens to have a wife., "TV Loves Calling Out Cheaters Right Now," 10 July 2018 Well, listen, everything looked hunky-dory in late 2007 to early 2008. Fox News, "How Will Markets Respond to North Korea Talks?," 12 June 2018 Soccer presents buff, handsome men in an inherently hunky medium, sprinting across electric-green grass under dramatic stadium lighting with sweat glistening in their hair and sinewy muscles peeking out from behind flattering uniforms. Ted Berg, For The Win, "7 reasons even soccer haters can appreciate the World Cup," 13 June 2018 However, while his dad Jack (Josh Duhamel) thinks he’s ogling pictures of Gigi Hadid in lingerie, Simon is instead checking out the hunky guy leaf-blowing next door. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Love, Simon' charms by giving gay teen romance the John Hughes treatment," 15 Mar. 2018 So maybe everything is going to be hunky-dory in Pittsburgh after all. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph believes he and Ben Roethlisberger are 'going to be friends'," 11 May 2018 Facebook has long fought with the fake profiles - touting photos of beautiful women and hunky men - that scammers use to spark relationships with users, snatch money and disappear. Drew Harwell And Elizabeth Dwoskin,, "Facebook's dating service is a chance to meet the catfisher, advertiser or scammer of your dreams," 4 May 2018 The latter includes Berthier's order that Pauline stop seeing hunky soccer coach Stéphane (Guillaume Gouix), a former high school boyfriend with whom she's recently rekindled a romance. Gary Goldstein,, "The political drama 'This Is Our Land' is set in France, but it could just as easily be America," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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