hunky-dory


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hun·ky-do·ry

 (hŭng′kē-dôr′ē)
adj. Slang
Perfectly satisfactory; fine.

[Probably alteration of hunky, safe, all right, from obsolete hunk, goal, home in a game, from Dutch honk, from Frisian hunk.]

hunky-dory

(ˌhʌŋkɪˈdɔːrɪ)
adj
informal very satisfactory; fine
[C20: of uncertain origin]

hunk•y-do•ry

(ˈhʌŋ kiˈdɔr i, -ˈdoʊr i)

adj. Informal.
about as well as one could wish or expect; fine.
[1865–70, Amer.; hunky satisfactory, right (appar. hunk “home” in a game, a safe place (< Dutch honk) + -y1) + dory, of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hunky-dory - being satisfactory or in satisfactory conditionhunky-dory - being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition; "an all-right movie"; "the passengers were shaken up but are all right"; "is everything all right?"; "everything's fine"; "things are okay"; "dinner and the movies had been fine"; "another minute I'd have been fine"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
satisfactory - giving satisfaction; "satisfactory living conditions"; "his grades were satisfactory"
Translations

hunky-dory

[ˌhʌŋkɪˈdɔːrɪ] ADJ (esp US) → guay
it's all hunky-doryes guay del Paraguay

hunky-dory

adj (inf) that’s hunky-dorydas ist in Ordnung

hunky-dory

[ˈhʌŋkɪˈdɔːrɪ] (fam) adj (okay) → soddisfacente; (fine) → magnifico/a, meraviglioso/a
everything's hunky-dory → va tutto bene
References in classic literature ?
But you just go on lovin' him, and leanin' on his judgement--he's no fool--and you'll be all hunky-dory. I'm scared from goin' wrong, what of Sarah.
Said to go to bed and get a good sleep and I'd be all hunky-dory in the morning.
Well, as I was saying, the goose hung high and everything was going hunky-dory, and I was piling up my wages to come north to Nebraska and marry Sarah, when I run on to Vahna--"
"He could be out for eight weeks, and that's if everything goes 100 per cent hunky-dory. In my mind there is a danger that he could miss some or all of the Ashes if things don't go so well.
Of course, everything should be hunky-dory and above board, or we'd start losing faith in the game, wouldn't we?
"It was one wee misunderstanding and everything is hunky-dory. It's also a sign we are fighting for each other and I would say it's a good sign."
With O'Gorman junior's help, the Emperor Jones filly passed a stalls test a month ago and everything was hunky-dory when Janet won a 10-furlong maiden easing down at Windsor a fortnight ago.
The England skipper leads his tour party aboard the plane for Oz this afternoon promising a ruthless approach and banning "hunky-dory" socialising with the enemy.
While the former cocktail waitress claimed that she loved dating the former People magazine Sexiest Man Alive, but all wasn't hunky-dory in their romance.
Confidential understands that relations between Bolton boss Sam Allardyce and Phil Gartside have not exactly been hunky-dory recently.
All is not hunky-dory with Jim Furyk's game and that 84 on day three at Pebble Beach is bound to have left scars.
But all is not hunky-dory, since he's haunted by his past and still trying to find peace.