Definitions

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

  • noun plural A disagreeable and often miserly person.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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Origin unknown.

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Inflected forms.

Examples

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  • 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

  • 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