Word of the Day: hunk

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
November 30, 2015
 
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Hunk is a noun with two very different meanings. It can be a large piece of something, often food, and informally, it also means 'a very handsome, strong man.'
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Example sentences
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One big hunk of meat should be enough for the soup.
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Mark cut himself a hunk of bread to go with his dinner.
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She's going out with a hunk she met at a club.
 
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Words often used with hunk
 
hunk of a man: a way to emphasize that someone is extremely "hunky," or attractive
Did you know?
 
A hunk is not just attractive but also strong, and usually large. The word normally, but not always, refers to younger men. Brad Pitt was certainly considered a hunk for much of his career, but fewer people would call him one now, even though he is still very handsome.
Origin
 
Hunk dates back to the early 19th century and comes from the Dutch dialect word hunke.
 
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