Offensive slang used as a disparaging term for a person from east-central Europe, especially a laborer.
Dialectical variations include: hunky
, c.1896 and honky
Variation in spelling includes: hunyak. Probably a compound of Hungarian
All these terms are used contemptuously.
When my grandfather immigrated to America, it was hard for him to get respect at work, because everyone thought he was just a honyock.