When things are hunky-dory, they're just fine. Once you've started your new job and rented a lovely apartment, you might feel that life in a new city is hunky-dory.

The informal hunky-dory is perfect for those times when everything is great, going according to plan, or not bad at all. This American-coined adjective has been around since the 1860s, from the now-obsolete hunkey, "all right," which stems from the New York slang hunk, "in a safe position," and the Dutch root honk or "home." The origin of dory is unknown.

Definitions of hunky-dory
  1. adjective
    being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
    synonyms: all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay
    giving satisfaction
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