verb (used without object)
- to hunch: The driver hunkered over the steering wheel.
- to hide, hide out, or take shelter (usually followed by down): The escaped convicts hunkered down in a cave in the mountains.
- to hold resolutely or stubbornly to a policy, opinion, etc., when confronted by criticism, opposition, or unfavorable circumstances (usually followed by down): Though all the evidence was against him, he hunkered down and refused to admit his guilt.
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Idioms for hunker
- British Informal. squatting on one's heels.
- suffering a period of poverty, bad luck, or the like.
Origin of hunker
Words nearby hunker
Definition for hunker (2 of 2)
Origin of Hunker
OTHER WORDS FROM HunkerHun·ker·ism, nounHun·ker·ous, adjectiveHun·ker·ous·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for hunker
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
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
“Hunker down” was also the advice given—though much more avuncularly—by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.Which Politician Best Navigated Hurricane Sandy’s Surge?|Michelle Cottle|October 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ignoring warnings to hunker down, determined New Yorkers go about their business—and hit the bars.As Sandy Heads for NYC, Brooklyn Locals Jog, Ogle—and Get Drunk|Eliza Shapiro|October 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This was a post of as great distinction at Hunker Court as the position of clown in a circus.
Thus, "honker" or "hunker" meant one who "stayed put," and was opposed to progress.The Greatest Highway in the World|Anonymous
"I was going over to Hunker Creek myself," concluded Wodley.To Alaska for Gold|Edward Stratemeyer
Be assured that neither you nor the great truths you advocate will be at all harmed by the malignant attacks of the Hunker press.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
He thought he could not have heard arightthe pest of Hunker Court counselling corporal punishment!