Probably borrowed from West Flemish hunke (“hunk; chunk”), of obscure origin. Probably from an earlier *humke, *humpke, a diminutive related to Dutch homp (“hunk; lump”), English hump, equivalent to hump + -kin. The sense of an attractive man is recorded in Australian slang in 1941, in jive talk in 1945.
hunk (plural hunks)
- A large or dense piece of something.
- a hunk of metal
- (informal) A sexually attractive boy or man, especially one who is muscular.
- 2017 August 27, Brandon Nowalk, “Game Of Thrones slows down for the longest, and best, episode of the season (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- The unfortunate thing about calling the season seven finale “The Dragon And The Wolf” is you can’t even reference it by name without picturing Daenerys Targaryen’s long-awaited hook-up with Jon Snow, her strapping hunk of an ally and also her nephew.
- (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.
- (US, slang) A honyock.
- 1941, William Woodrow Chamberlain, Leaf Gold, page 76:
- "You ain't callin' me a country hunk, are you?" "Hell, naw!" Louie backed away and grinned.
- “hunk” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.
- “hunk” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.