Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal A large piece; a chunk.
  • noun Slang A physically attractive man, usually with a well-developed physique.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large lump, piece, or slice; a hunch.
  • noun A sluttish, indolent woman.
  • noun In tag and other games, the goal; home: as, to reach hunk; to be on hunk.
  • On hunk; at the goal.
  • Hence, used adjectively
  • In good or satisfactory position or condition; all right: as, I'm all hunk. Also hunky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. A large lump or piece; a hunch.
  • noun a sexually attractive, well-built man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large or dense piece of something.
  • noun informal A sexually attractive boy or man, especially one who is muscular.
  • noun computing A record of differences between almost contiguous portions of two files (or other sources of information). Differences that are widely separated by areas which are identical in both files would not be part of a single hunk. Differences that are separated by small regions which are identical in both files may comprise a single hunk. Patches are made up of hunks.
  • noun US, slang A honyock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a large piece of something without definite shape
  • noun a well-built sexually attractive man

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps from Flemish hunke, a piece of food.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably Dutch hunke, 1813. The sense of an attractive man is recorded in Australian slang in 1941, in jive talk in 1945.

Examples

  • (CNN) - The White House's so-called "money-hunk" is engaged.

    Orszag engaged to ABC News reporter

  • He has always been my favorite changeling hunk from the first page of your first book in the series.

    Bonds of Justice

  • An oldie worth revisiting: This burnin 'hunk of code on Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda's site will transform your blog into a poem.

    Boing Boing: April 27, 2003 - May 3, 2003 Archives

  • I think he might be what you call a hunk, but I’m not sure because I’ve never understood just what qualifies as hunkiness.

    Vineyard Chill

  • I think he might be what you call a hunk, but I’m not sure because I’ve never understood just what qualifies as hunkiness.

    Vineyard Chill

  • I think he might be what you call a hunk, but I’m not sure because I’ve never understood just what qualifies as hunkiness.

    Vineyard Chill

  • I think he might be what you call a hunk, but I’m not sure because I’ve never understood just what qualifies as hunkiness.

    Vineyard Chill

  • Zora turned to find herself looking into the eyes of a man her mother would describe as a hunk.

    Substitute Me

  • My hunk was a bit chalky and it was bitter, not buttery.

    Business, Law, Economics & Society

  • My hunk was a bit chalky and it was bitter, not buttery.

    Business, Law, Economics & Society

Comments

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  • Isn't this a love muffin, ilovemuffins?

    July 12, 2008

  • I think love muffin is not gender-specific. perhaps you are thinking of studmuffin?

    July 12, 2008

  • I love muffins of all genders.

    July 12, 2008

  • I am one of these.

    July 12, 2008

  • You are a muffin of all genders, Darqueau?

    July 12, 2008

  • We need visual verification.

    July 12, 2008

  • And this is not to be confused with a hunka hunka burnin' love.

    July 21, 2008

  • "A slutty, indolent woman. A drab." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 23, 2011

  • Oh, pshaw, hh! Stuff and nonsense. Balderdash. Poppycock. Fiddlesticks.

    May 23, 2011

  • My compact edition of the OED has "2. (Sc. dial.) A sluttish, indolent woman; as a 'nasty hunk', a 'lazy hunk'" (but they're citing to "Jamieson 1825").

    May 23, 2011