\ 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 The strong, silent type, Justin is hunky, poetic, and shoots deer off his back porch. Nora Kenney, National Review, "Heroes of the Fourth Turning Is a Play about ‘Crunchy Conservatives’ and a Growing Populist Divide," 16 Nov. 2019 While many Bachelor Nation fans have been pulling for the hunky contractor to be the next one handing out roses, the long-running host pointed out that Cameron might not be in the best place to look for love on TV. Ashley Boucher,, "Chris Harrison on Why Tyler C. ‘Might Not Be the Next Bachelor’ After Being Linked to Gigi Hadid," 5 Aug. 2019 Take meditation teacher Light Watkins or Sakara Life founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise—all former models—or hunky Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, who likes to hang out shirtless with his pal Justin Bieber. Mike Albo, Town & Country, "How Spiritual Snobs Became the New One Percent," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of hunky was circa 1896

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15 Jan 2020

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“Hunky.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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