Opinions differ. One view is that it derives from Hunkidori, a breath freshener introduced in 1868. The saying was popular in the United Kingdom around 1880.
Another opinion is that it derives from a street in Yokohama, frequented by American sailors which is called Hunchodori.
Others say it derives from an old Dutch word 'honk' meaning goal. Thus to be all hunk is to have reached ones goal and to be safe.
John Farmer's Americanisms (1889) states that 'both these strange words stand for superlatively good'.
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