In the legislature the Barnburners, or "Free-soilers" as they began to be called, outnumbered the hunkers.
Yer whar Brer B'ar bin squattin' on he hunkers, en dar de print w'ich he ain't got no tail.
Delegates were chosen to the national convention to oppose the hunkers.
Solemn, almost motionless, squatted on their hunkers, they looked like two great vultures watching an animal die.
To sit on one's hunkers, to sit with the hips hanging downwards, S.
So he shquats on his hunkers an' bids thim run round an' round forninst him while he considhers on ut.
Yer whar Brer B'ar bin squattin' on he hunkers, en dar de print w'ich he aint got no tail.
Among the latter, sitting as we boys used to say on her hunkers, with hands clasped about her knees, was the old woman.
I think we can stand the large number of these now known, if the moderate and union hunkers can be held, as we anticipate.
Well, I thought the life 'ud lave me intirely when she riz up from her hunkers, till, bedad!
"to squat, crouch," 1720, Scottish, of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse huka "to crouch," hoka, hokra "to crawl." Hunker down, Southern U.S. dialectal phrase, popularized c.1965, from northern British hunker "haunch." Related: Hunkered; hunkering.