Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A disagreeable and often miserly person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crotchety or surly person; also, a stingy man, a miser.
  • n. Plural form of hunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covetous, sordid man; a miser; a niggard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covetous, sordid man; a miser; a niggard.

Etymologies

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  • Seems like Melville took a liking to this word:

    The miser, a lean old man, whose flesh seemed salted codfish, dry as combustibles; head, like one whittled by an idiot out of a knot; flat, bony mouth, nipped between buzzard nose and chin; expression, flitting between hunks and imbecile - now one, now the other - he made no response.

    - Melville, The Confidence Man

    September 6, 2012

  • What of it, if some old hunks of a sea-captain orders me to get a broom and sweep down the decks?

    - Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 1

    July 23, 2008