\ 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 This tearjerker family film charts the burgeoning relationship between a Black nanny (Whoopi Goldberg) and the hunky Jewish widower (Liotta) who hires her to watch his grieving daughter (Tina Majorino). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2022 That’s how the play comes across, that everything was hunky-dory. Globe Staff,, 21 May 2022 Her career is on the verge of collapse after her hunky new editor denied her a deadline extension and her world comes crashing down when her beloved father dies, forcing her to return to the Southern town that never quite understood her., 12 May 2022 Tatum plays a hunky, dim-witted cover model who decides to rescue Bullock. Brent Lang, Variety, 25 Mar. 2022 She's also got herself a new gig in private security, and a hunky new boyfriend named Yusuf (Robert Gilbert) who is not only supportive of, but an active accomplice in Eve's quest for revenge. Kat Rosenfield,, 28 Feb. 2022 Pence has nevertheless plowed on as if everything is hunky-dory, running an undeclared but barely disguised pre-presidential campaign. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 Are these gloomy historical parallels justified, or could this be more like 2017, when oil doubled and everything was hunky-dory? James Mackintosh, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 The show's core relationship, that of Claire and eternally-hunky Scottish highlander Jamie Fraser (played by Sam Heughan) remains one of the steamiest on modern television. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Hunky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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