Definition of hunk in US English:



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

    ‘a hunk of bread’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cubs must be fed; usually with grisly, less-than-fresh hunks of meat and bone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Which means we've been through the huge hunks of meat cooked perfectly to order, the enormous salads and the garlic mashed potatoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ribs were especially great, along with the coconut shrimp and hunks of steak (brown on the outside, pink on the inside).’
    • ‘The process of transforming scraps of wood and hunks of metal into fine art is the essence of Martin's work.’
    • ‘The feast begins with a few hunks of soft onion bread and a thimbleful of an intensely rich roasted-eggplant garlic spread.’
    • ‘I have watched enormous cranes swing across the skyline on their way to dropping great hunks of stone into the arms of workmen below.’
    • ‘An exceedingly thin slice of meat between meaty hunks of bread.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twisted hunks of metal were falling off the facade.’
    • ‘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.’
    chunk, large piece, slab, wedge, block, lump, mass, square, gobbet, dollop, portion
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  • 2informal A large, strong, sexually attractive man.

    ‘a Hollywood hunk’
    • ‘Mark was one of those macho hunks, the ones who dated cheerleaders, not goth-like freak girls like her.’
    • ‘Would you vote for an unapologetically sexually aggressive hunk, however past his prime?’
    • ‘Your work contains many studs and hunks who are very well-endowed.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a woman whose man-meeting strategy is to go on cruises and toss herself overboard to attract rescue-minded hunks.’
    • ‘After Jan grows up to be a young hunk, he too attracts the attention of the fairer sex.’
    • ‘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’.’
    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.