\ 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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The visual reads like a millennial version of an old Frankie Avalon video (albeit much less campy), finding Sivan alone on a beach trying to flirt with the hunky local bartender. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Troye Sivan Romp Around in His Breezy New Music Video," 10 Jan. 2019 Even though the Golden Globes ceremony was already positioned as a vehicle for the Time’s Up campaign, the Oscars can’t quite get away with pretending everything is hunky-dory now in Hollywoodland. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 1 Mar. 2018 In Malibu, California Jennifer Lopez was beautifully cozy in a plaid robe jacket alongside her beau Alex Rodriguez, who channeled a hunky rustic look in a jacket with a shearling jacket. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: J-Rod Does Date Night, Cardi B Wears Bandanas," 8 Dec. 2018 Here's how we're used to seeing hunky male superstars in their downtime: tuxedoed up on the red carpet, holding hands with pencil-thin beauties. Sheila Weller, Good Housekeeping, "Meet Mr. Romance: Hugh Jackman," 11 July 2013 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

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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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