\ 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 Actress/singer Milian, of course, is no stranger to the spotlight, but Demos, 34, is turning heads as her hunky love interest. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Who is Adam Demos? Meet the hot Australian star of Netflix's 'Falling Inn Love'," 30 Aug. 2019 Elle and Emmett make a cute pair—or Paulette and her hunky package delivery guy. Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'Legally Blonde' Costumes to Bend and Snap In This Halloween," 6 Sep. 2019 Steven Cree, who portrays Jamie Fraser’s beloved brother-in-law Ian Murray on Outlander, will portray Gallowglass, a hunky vampire and soldier of fortune who holds a soft spot for his uncle. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "A Discovery of Witches drops first season 2 photo, with Matthew Goode in a doublet," 5 Sep. 2019 Viewers were obsessed with the hunky profiler who wasn't afraid to chase down the most dangerous serial killers in the country. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's the Real Reason Shemar Moore Left 'Criminal Minds'," 10 Aug. 2019 The swimmer with hunky good looks and a laid-back surfer vibe once tore a meniscus tendon while breakdancing in his apartment. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "What would Olympian Ryan Lochte do? Try to start over again," 1 Aug. 2019 In July 2017, images surfaced on Splash News, a photo sourcing website, of two hunky bodyguards carrying a large suitcase from Taylor Swift's Tribeca apartment. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Did Zayn Malik Just Confirm This Wild Fan Theory About Taylor Swift?," 14 Nov. 2018 And while Bella was visited by all sorts of supernatural forces, the new owners give no advice on combating, say, villainous, nomadic (yet hunky) vampire James. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Bella Swan's 'Twilight' home is now available for you to rent for $330 a night on Airbnb," 24 July 2019 The play also shows how the brothers wrestled with their Chaldean Catholic upbringing while also navigating gay life as hunky 20-somethings. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Cool events during hot August in around South Florida," 24 July 2019

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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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