Definition of hunk in English:



  • 1A large piece of something, especially one of food cut or broken off a larger piece.

    ‘a hunk of bread’
    • ‘When my dish, the slow-roasted lamb shanks with braised fennel and roast garlic mash, arrived, juicy hunks of lamb were falling off the bone.’
    • ‘The ribs were especially great, along with the coconut shrimp and hunks of steak (brown on the outside, pink on the inside).’
    • ‘Although foundation slabs, driveways, sidewalks, and retaining walls all look like big hunks of rock, there are forces acting in different directions that the concrete structure must resist.’
    • ‘By using knives and forks to cut food into smaller pieces, we no longer need a large enough jaw to cram in big hunks of food.’
    • ‘I have watched enormous cranes swing across the skyline on their way to dropping great hunks of stone into the arms of workmen below.’
    • ‘Two minutes and three sips of water later a large bowl arrives filled with a dirty green liquid, many vegetables, large hunks of chicken and in the centre a massive pile of noodles.’
    • ‘The blast, not far from diplomatic quarters and the king's main palace, left piles of rubble, hunks of twisted metal, broken glass and a large crater.’
    • ‘Twisted hunks of metal were falling off the facade.’
    • ‘Which means we've been through the huge hunks of meat cooked perfectly to order, the enormous salads and the garlic mashed potatoes.’
    • ‘The feast begins with a few hunks of soft onion bread and a thimbleful of an intensely rich roasted-eggplant garlic spread.’
    • ‘Nearby cars were torn into twisted hunks of metal by the explosion.’
    • ‘But, unfortunately, you need to have been feeding them raw hunks of meat for a few years before they pay any attention to you.’
    • ‘He was so fond of a little taste every day that in the winter he smuggled in frozen hunks of it, dropping them on the hearth to thaw.’
    • ‘As they turned to face their attacker, they were met with a spread of missiles that sent them flying back in tangled hunks of shrapnel.’
    • ‘An exceedingly thin slice of meat between meaty hunks of bread.’
    • ‘Cubs must be fed; usually with grisly, less-than-fresh hunks of meat and bone.’
    • ‘The process of transforming scraps of wood and hunks of metal into fine art is the essence of Martin's work.’
    • ‘The grilled tofu sandwich is also a winner: big hunks of grilled tofu along with some tomatoes, lettuce, roasted red peppers, pesto and your choice of hummus or mayo.’
    • ‘But, those aren't the only reasons we love those gas-guzzling, beautifully molded hunks of steel.’
    • ‘He tore off a hunk of the fresh bread and a small piece of cheese and munched on them as he watched the river flow.’
    chunk, large piece, slab, wedge, block, lump, mass, square, gobbet, dollop, portion
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  • 2informal A sexually attractive man, especially a large, strong one.

    • ‘After Jan grows up to be a young hunk, he too attracts the attention of the fairer sex.’
    • ‘But if it is true, humanity owes much of its success to women long ago preferring men of wit and intelligence over musclebound hunks.’
    • ‘Short, weedy men are less attractive to the opposite sex than tall hunks, according to the latest ground-breaking research.’
    • ‘Would you vote for an unapologetically sexually aggressive hunk, however past his prime?’
    • ‘Fast bowlers are supposed to be muscle-bound hunks who stride around with a permanent scowl, not cheerful lads with blonde highlights and a good sense of humour who end every sentence with ‘mate’.’
    • ‘If you could sever and reassemble body parts from various hunks, which limbs, pecs, abs, and pretty little face would make up your perfect man?’
    • ‘This is a woman whose man-meeting strategy is to go on cruises and toss herself overboard to attract rescue-minded hunks.’
    • ‘Your work contains many studs and hunks who are very well-endowed.’
    • ‘Mark was one of those macho hunks, the ones who dated cheerleaders, not goth-like freak girls like her.’
    muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, hercules, atlas, samson, tarzan
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Early 19th century: probably of Dutch or Low German origin.