- to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
- to hide, hide out, or take shelter, often for just a few hours or less, as from a pursuer or a storm: The escaped convicts hunkered in a cave in the mountains.
- to settle in to the safety of one’s home or other designated shelter for a potentially prolonged time, as would be necessitated by a natural disaster or an outbreak of a contagious disease: Many local residents hunkered in the basement of the fire station.
Idioms about hunker
- British Informal. squatting on one's heels.
- suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin of hunker
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Origin of Hunker
OTHER WORDS FROM HunkerHun·ker·ism, nounHun·ker·ous, adjectiveHun·ker·ous·ness, noun
How to use hunker in a sentence
When I finally hunker down in a pub on the harbor, Google raises as many questions as it answers.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When life gets traumatic do you prefer to hunker down and grieve in private, or open up to others?Psychologists View Both Divorce and Marriage as Major Life Stresses|Emma Woolf|May 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The news is slanting in different directions,” Tom complains as he and Vickie hunker down in a bar.No Fireworks on Al Jazeera America’s Plodding Debut|Lloyd Grove|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Administrations almost always hunker down in these situations and hope they pass.Obama Should Ask Holder to Resign|Michael Tomasky|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I had to hunker down and do my job, live shot after live shot.There’s No Crying in Journalism—Even After the Horrifying Connecticut School Shootings|Lauren Ashburn|December 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It had been the settled understanding that one Hunker and one radical should be taken for the State delegates.
The difficulty was at length solved by our passing our favorite men and assenting to elect Mr. Seymour and another Hunker.
"Might as well hunker down right here on the ground," Jed said.Eight Keys to Eden|Mark Irvin Clifton
One of the newcomers was from Hunker Creek, and he brought news of the doctor and the captain.To Alaska for Gold|Edward Stratemeyer
Thus, "honker" or "hunker" meant one who "stayed put," and was opposed to progress.The Greatest Highway in the World|Anonymous