\ 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

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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 And this time around the movie’s villainous, turbaned Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) is just as hunky as its Westernized hero, Aladdin (Mena Massoud). Lorraine Ali,, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019 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

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1972, in the meaning defined above


circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

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alteration of Hungarian

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